Nihon-Kawauso : Japan Nature Conservation Series II

A postage stamp on the Nature Conservation Series “NihonKawauso:

Japanese River Otter : Lutra lutra whiteleyi (Lutra nippon)Issued by Japan

Issued on Jun 25, 1974

Issued for : As the 2nd of the Nature Conservation Series, a special postage stamp depicting a Nihon-kawauso (river otter, Lutra lutra whiteleyi) was brought out. These otters survive only in Shikoku District now and designated as natural monument in Japan.

Design : NihonKawauso (Lutra lutra whiteleyi)

Designer : Mr. Yoshiomi Higashitsunoi

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 20 Yen

Printing Process : Lithographed Engraved

About : 

  • As the 2nd in the Nature Conservation Series, a postage stamp will be issued depicting the “Japanese Otter” (Lutra lutra whiteleyi).
  • The otter measures 60-80 cm, with a tail 30-50 cm long. It has webbed feet and short limbs. It frequents the shores of rivers and seas and lives on fish. Though formerly distributed all over Japan, only a few otters now survive in the district of Shikoku and have been designated as protected animals.

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