Lutra lutra (Linnaeus, 1758)
Eurasian river otter
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Family:  Mustelidae (mustelids)
Max. size:  980 cm TL (male/unsexed); 1070 cm TL (female); max.weight: 10,000 kg
Environment:  pelagic; freshwater; marine
Distribution:  Asia and Europe Inland Waters, Northeast Atlantic; Indo-West Pacific, and the Mediterranean: Lutra lutra lutra: Ireland, Great Britain, Maghrib, continental Eurasia from Scandinavia and the Iberian Peninsula east to Kamchatka and Manchuria, Sakhalin, Kuril Island; Lutra lutra meridionalis: Turkey, southern Caucasus, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran; Lutra lutra seistanica: southern Turkmeniya, Iran, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and southern Kazakhstan, Xinjiang; Lutra lutra kutab: Pakistan, Tibet; Lutra lutra monticola: India, Nepal; Lutra lutra aurobrunnea: India, Nepal; Lutra lutra chinensis: China, Indochina, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Ryukyu, Taiwan; Lutra lutra nair: India, Sri Lanka; Lutra lutra hainana: Hainan, China; Lutra lutra whiteleyi: Hokkaido, Japan; Lutra lutra sumatrana: Southern Vietnam, peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (Ref. 1522).
Biology:  Feeds on fish and benthic invertebrates (Ref. 8723). It is preyed upon by the Atlantic salmon (Ref. 32771). Inhabits freshwater and marine ecosystems. Selects certain habitat attributes like rocks, vegetation and ponds (Ref. 115149).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 20 June 2014 Ref. 123251)
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 26.05.17

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