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The 13 Species of Otter

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The 13 species of otter are: Status Population Trend

Click on otter to go to species page Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Aonyx cinereus Hairy-Nosed Otter, Lutra sumatrana Giant Otter, Pteronura brasiliensis Eurasian Otter, Lutra lutra Congo Clawless Otter, Aonyx congicus African Clawless Otter, Aonyx capenss Marine Otter, Lontra felina North American River Otter, Lontra canadensis Smooth-Coated Otter, Lutrogale perspicillata South American River Otter, Lontra provocax Neotropical Otter, Lontra longicaudis Go to list of otter species Spotted-Necked Otter, Lutra maculicollis
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CITES Otter Identification Sheets

African Clawless Otter
Aonyx capensis
Least Concern Stable
Asian Small-Clawed Otter
Aonyx cinereus
Vulnerable Decreasing
Congo Clawless Otter,
Aonyx congicus
Least Concern Unknown
Sea Otter,
Enhydra lutris
Endangered Stable
North American River Otter
Lontra canadensis
Least Concern Stable
Marine Otter
Lontra felina
Endangered Decreasing
Neotropical Otter
Lontra longicaudis
Data Deficient Decreasing
South American River Otter
Lontra provocax
Endangered Decreasing
Eurasian Otter
Lutra lutra
Near Threatened Decreasing
Spotted-Necked Otter
Lutra maculicollis
Least Concern Decreasing
Hairy-Nosed Otter
Lutra sumatrana
Endangered Decreasing
Smooth-Coated Otter
Lutrogale perspicillata
Vulnerable Unknown
Giant Otter
Pteronura brasiliensis
Endangered Decreasing
(Source: IUCN Red List October 2008)