Taxon profile


Eurasian River Otter
Lutra lutra (Linnaeus, 1758)

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

Scientific synonyms

Lutra vulgaris

Near Threatened



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Intertaxon relationships

prey: Astacus astacus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Noble Crayfish, Pontastacus leptodactylus (Eschscholtz, 1823) - Narrow-clawed Crayfish, Austropotamobius torrentium (Schrank, 1803) - Stone Crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus (Dana, 1852) - Signal Crayfish, Faxonius limosus (Rafinesque, 1817) - Spiny-cheek Crayfish

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Included taxa

Number of records: 13

subspecies Lutra lutra angustifrons Lataste, 1885
subspecies Lutra lutra aurobrunnea Hodgson, 1839
subspecies Lutra lutra barang F. G. Cuvier, 1823 - Southeast Asian River Otter
subspecies Lutra lutra chinensis Gray, 1837 - Chinese River Otter
subspecies Lutra lutra hainana Xu & Lu, 1983
subspecies Lutra lutra kutab Schinz, 1844 - Kashmir Otter
subspecies Lutra lutra lutra (Linnaeus, 1758) - European Otter

Lutra lutra lutra - European Otter

subspecies Lutra lutra meridionalis Ognev, 1931 - Caucasian Otter
subspecies Lutra lutra monticola Hodgson, 1839
subspecies Lutra lutra nair F. G. Cuvier, 1823 - Indian Otter

Lutra lutra nair - Indian Otter

subspecies Lutra lutra nippon Imaizumi & Yoshiyuki, 1989 - Japanese River Otter
subspecies Lutra lutra roensis Ogillby, 1834
subspecies Lutra lutra seistanica Birula, 1913 - Central Asian Otter

Links and literature

EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [305305]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Lutra lutra (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Lutra lutra Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Lutra lutra (Linnaeus, 1758)]

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