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Hans Kruuk

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198565871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565871.001.0001

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Pen pictures. Thirteen otters of the world: some natural history

Pen pictures. Thirteen otters of the world: some natural history

(p.6) Chapter 2 Pen pictures. Thirteen otters of the world: some natural history

Hans Kruuk

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes each of the 13 otter species, with photographs and geographical distribution, an outline of their natural history, a summary of known diet and feeding habits, main habitats, and notes on breeding, social behaviour, conservation status, and threats to survival. The chapter is divided into geographical sections: Europe with common or Eurasian otter Lutra lutra; North America with two, river otter Lontra canadensis and sea otter Enhydra lutra; Latin America with four, giant otter Petronura brasiliensis, neotropical otter Lontra longicaudis, southern river otter Lontra provocax, and marine otter Lontra felina. Asia has four species, the Eurasian one, hairy-nosed otter Lutra sumatrana, smooth otter Lutrogale perspicillata, and small-clawed otter Aonyx cinereus. Africa also has four, including the Eurasian one, Cape clawless otter Aonyx capensis, Congo clawless otter Aonyx congicus, and spotted-necked otter Lutra maculicollis.

Keywords:   otter species, geographical distribution, natural history, diets, social behaviour, conservation status

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