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A Class of Their Own

A Class of Their Own

Scientific classification of otters


Typically meat-eaters with sharp canine teeth for killing and holding prey and keen slicing cheek teeth for cutting up flesh.


Mustelids have long, thin bodies and short legs - ideal for pushing through dense undergrowth or hunting in tunnels. They can walk on the soles of their feet (like humans) and have specialised skulls with elongated cranium often topped with a narrow crest.

Lutrine Species

Eurasian otter Lutra lutra
Asian small-clawed otter Aonyx cinerea
Smooth-coated otter Lutragale perspicillata
Hairy-nosed otter Lutra sumatrana
Cape clawless otter Aonyx capensis
Congo clawless otter Aonyx congicus
Spotted-necked otter Lutra maculicollis
North American river otter Lontra canadensis
Neotropical otter Lontra longicaudis
Southern river otter Lontra provocax
Brasilian giant otter Pteronura brasiliensis
Marine otter (sea cat) Lontra felina
Sea otter Enhydra lutris

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