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Asiatic Otter

Observed: 2nd January 2012 By: sparkysparky’s reputation in Mammalssparky’s reputation in Mammals
Asiatic Otter
Description:

Martin Mere

Identifications
  • Otter - Asiatic
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
    • steve_tsteve_t’s reputation in Mammalssteve_t’s reputation in Mammalssteve_t’s reputation in Mammals
    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
      Mammals expert
  • Asian short-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
  •  
    Likely ID
    Asian short-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    ID agreements (): 3 People
    • chloe1
      S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
      chloe1’s reputation in Mammalschloe1’s reputation in Mammals
    • flower1054
    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
      Mammals expert
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

miked's picture

was this a wild one or a

was this a wild one or a captive one at martin mere?

sparky's picture

Wild or captive?

It was a captive specimen at the mere.

the naturalist man's picture

Asiatic otter

Note the small delicate looking head. The head of a Eurasian otter would be far more chunky looking.

Some purists would say there was no place for this because it is from a zoo, however, in this case I would disagree; I think it has a place on iSpot as a standard photo, one to compare our otters with. So many of these animals are kept in collections in Britain I think it is only a matter of time before some escape into the wild.

Graham Banwell

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