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We're these otters an exhibit at the London Wetlands Centre ?
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Chris, the location given includes London Zoo, if the observation is from the Zoo, the otters there are Oriental small-clawed otters (Amblonyx cinereus)
Hi Steve, I missed the Zoo connection but I know they have the species you mention at the London Wetlands Centre as well.
... look very much like what I (and the WWT) would call Asian Short Clawed Otters. Seems to be a slight discrepancy in names scientific and common but I’m sure they are the same. See www.ispot.org.uk/node/304457 for the LWC animals.
Yes I know them as Asian Short Clawed Otters, but as I wasn't sure of the scientific name for this species I went to the London Zoo site to check (http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/animals/mammals/oriental-small-clawed-...) and I used the names given there. Looking them up further it seem that Amblonyx cinereus is an older name and the current one is Aonyx cinerea,
So to link this with the other observation I am adding a revised identification with the up to date name.
These are short-clawed otters; note the small, rounded head - our otters have more of a broad, flattened head shape.
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