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Lutra lutra   (Linnaeus, 1758)

Eurasian river otter

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Carnivora | Mustelidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Pelagic; freshwater.  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

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).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 980 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1005); 1070 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 10.0 t (Ref. 1005)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Rice, D.W. 1998. (Ref. 1522)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)

  Near Threatened (NT) (A2c); Date assessed: 31 January 2020

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

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More information

Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 6.7 - 14.9, mean 9.9 (based on 231 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Unknown.