Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1970) 17: 129- 135

The South Island otter—A reassessment

Research Article
G. A. Pollock  
  1. 18 Landsdowne Terrace, Christchurch 2.

Evidence of the existence, in parts of the South Island, of a native otter-like mammal called by the Maoris the waitoreke is re-examined in the light of a theory that it could have been introduced by man. Its possible origin and zoological classification are discussed, and fields suggested for further research.