First record of microplastics in the endangered marine otter (Lontra felina)

Luis Santillán, Miguel Saldaña-Serrano, Gabriel Enrique De-La-Torre

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Abstract

Lontra felina inhabits the coast of Peru and Chile frequently closed to human beach resorts and fishing ports which are common focus of anthropogenic pollution like solid waste and plastics are part of this as persistent material. In consequence the habitat for L. felina reduce its quality and indirect potential intake of plastic is a high risk. Here we present the first documented evidence of the occurrence of microplastics in the scats of L. felina. This evidence gives a first insight on the trophic transfer of microplastics in the marine web, where top predators like L. felina are also included.

Translated title of the contributionFirst record of microplastics in the endangered marine otter (Lontra felina)
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)211-215
Number of pages5
JournalMastozoologia Neotropical
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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