Lontra

Lontra
North American river otters
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Subfamily:Lutrinae
Genus:Lontra
Gray, 1843
Type species
Lutra canadensis
Schreber, 1777
Species

L. canadensis
L. felina
L. longicaudis
L. provocax
L. weiri

Lontra range

Lontra is a genus of otters from the Americas.[1]

Species

These species were previously included in the genus Lutra, together with the Eurasian otter, but they have now been moved to a separate genus. The genus comprises four living and one known fossil species:

Extant Species

ImageScientific nameCommon NameDistribution
Lontra canadensisNorth American river otterNorth America
Lontra provocaxsouthern river otterChile and Argentina
Lontra longicaudisneotropical otterCentral America, South America and the island of Trinidad
Lontra felinamarine otterSouth America

Extinct species

Scientific nameCommon NameDistribution
Lontra weiriWeir's otterPliocene North America [2]

References

  1. Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. Prassack, K.A. (July 2016). "Lontra weiri, sp. nov., a Pliocene river otter (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae, Lutrinae) from the Hagerman Fossil Beds (Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument), Idaho, USA". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 36 (4): e1149075. doi:10.1080/02724634.2016.1149075.


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