Taxon profile


Northern River Otter
Lontra canadensis (Schreber, 1777)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Carnivora - carnivores »  family Mustelidae »  genus Lontra - otter

Scientific synonyms

Lutra canadensis Schreber, 1777

Other names

= North American River Otter

Least Concern LC


Taxon in country check-lists*

* List of countries might not be complete


Intertaxon relationships

parasite: Latagophthirus rauschi Kim & Emerson, 1974, Ixodes cookei Packard, 1869

prey: Taricha granulosa (Skilton, 1849) - Rough-skinned Newt, Dicamptodon ensatus (Eschscholtz, 1833) - California Giant Salamander, Ambystoma gracile (Baird, 1859) - Northwestern Salamander, Lithobates sylvaticus (LeConte, 1825) - Wood Frog, Lithobates clamitans (Latreille, 1801) - Green Frog, ...

Included taxa

Number of records: 7

subspecies Lontra canadensis canadensis (Schreber, 1777) - Canadian river otter
subspecies Lontra canadensis kodiacensis Goldman, 1935 - Kodiak river otter
subspecies Lontra canadensis lataxina (F. G. Cuvier, 1823) - Carolina Otter

Lontra canadensis lataxina

subspecies Lontra canadensis mira Goldman, 1935
subspecies Lontra canadensis pacifica J. A. Allen, 1898 - Pacific Otter

Lontra canadensis pacifica

subspecies Lontra canadensis periclyzomae Elliot, 1905 - Queen Charlotte Island Otter
subspecies Lontra canadensis sonora Rhoads, 1898 - Sonoran Otter

Links and literature

EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [12302]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Lontra canadensis (Schreber, 1777)]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Lontra canadensis Schreber, 1777]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Lontra canadensis (Schreber, 1776)]

Contributions to BioLib

Help us to expand this encyclopedia! If you are logged in, you can add new subtaxa, vernacular and scientific names, texts, images or intertaxon relationships for this taxon.

Comments - 2