Asian small-clawed otter: smallest but not least - CGTN
The Asian small-clawed otter Amblonyx cinereus , also known as the oriental small-clawed otter or simply small-clawed otter , is a semiaquatic mammal native to South and Southeast Asia. It is a member of the otter subfamily Lutrinae of the weasel family Mustelidae , and is the smallest otter species in the world. This gives it a high degree of manual dexterity so that it can use its paws to feed on molluscs , crabs and other small aquatic animals. The Asian small-clawed otter inhabits mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands in South and Southeast Asia.
Maharashtra to study otter population, check threats after international trade ban
The smooth-coated otter Lutrogale perspicillata is an otter species occurring in most of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia , with a disjunct population in Iraq. It is distinguished from other otter species by its more rounded head and a hairless nose in the shape of a distorted diamond. Its tail is flattened, in contrast to the more rounded tails of other otters. Its legs are short and strong, with large webbed feet bearing strong claws. As its name suggests, it has unusually short and sleek fur; this is dark to reddish brown along the back, while the underside is light brown to almost grey in color.
Maharashtra has planned a study to assess the population of otters and threats to their habitat after the Indian government successfully convinced the United Nations UN to ban commercial trade in smooth-coated and Asian small-clawed otters on Monday. There are six species of otters in Asia, of which, the Eurasian otter, smooth-coated and Asian small-clawed otters are found in India. The two-year study is expected to begin this year and will try to understand the impacts of sand mining on their habitat.