Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Catalog Number: USNM 98142
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Collector(s): G. Grinnell
Year Collected: 1899
Locality: Kodiak Island, Uyak Bay, Alaska, United States, North America
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N4 - Apparently Secure
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: T4 - Apparently Secure
Reasons: Insular mammal, endemic to Alaska. Population abundance and trend unknown, but suspected stable. Few threats. Habitat is mostly pristine with the majority protected within Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Although subspecific distinction was disputed by Rausch (1969), L. c. kodiacensis was accepted by van Zyll de Jong (1972) and was listed as one of seven subspecies of northern river otters in North America by Hall (1981). This subspecies is distinguished by its slightly smaller size than most other subspecies and characteristics of its skull shape and dentition (Fagen 1986).