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The 13 Species of Otter

Click on the otter portraits to find out more about them, or choose from the list below

The statuses shown in red are the OSG Red List updates for 2015 submitted to IUCN. They may not have appeared yet on the IUCN Red List website.

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
Near Threatened Decreasing
Asian Small-Clawed Otter
Aonyx cinereus
Vulnerable Decreasing
Congo Clawless Otter,
Aonyx congicus
Near Threatened Decreasing
Sea Otter,
Enhydra lutris
Endangered Decreasing
North American River Otter
Lontra canadensis
Least Concern Stable
Marine Otter
Lontra felina
Endangered Decreasing
Neotropical Otter
Lontra longicaudis
Near Threatened Decreasing
South American River Otter
Lontra provocax
Endangered Decreasing
Eurasian Otter
Lutra lutra
Near Threatened Decreasing
Spotted-Necked Otter
Hydrictis maculicollis
Near Threatened Decreasing
Hairy-Nosed Otter
Lutra sumatrana
Endangered Decreasing
Smooth-Coated Otter
Lutrogale perspicillata
Vulnerable Decreasing
Giant Otter
Pteronura brasiliensis
Endangered Decreasing
(Source: IUCN Red List October 2015)