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Chungungo

Observed: 17th October 2013 By: erasmomacerasmomac’s reputation in Mammalserasmomac’s reputation in Mammals
chungungo
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the naturalist man's picture

Marine otter

Excellent photo.

I notice one name for them is gato de mar (sea cats). Is there a reason for this, and the scientific name of felina? Do they move cat-like?

Graham Banwell

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thanks Graham! Actually I was

thanks Graham!
Actually I was wondering the same, perhaps because it does look bit as a cat (not sure about the movement, i would say barely)

Erasmo Macaya
Universidad de Concepción

Jonathan's picture

I'm confused about the name.

I'm confused about the name. I put Southern Sea Otter into the common name here http://www.ispotnature.org/node/377837#comment-134200
and got a quite different scientific name. Can anyone put me (and the ID) right?

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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I'm confused about the name.

I'm confused about the name. I put Southern Sea Otter into the common name here http://www.ispotnature.org/node/377837#comment-134200
and got a quite different scientific name Enhydra lutris nereis. Can anyone put me (and the ID) right?

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

the naturalist man's picture

Marine otter

You would Jonathan as the Southern sea otter is a sub-species of the sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis); a North American otter.

The South American otter's common name is marine otter - that's the problem with common names!

Graham Banwell

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