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is a genus of otter
The Otters are twelve species of semi-aquatic mammals which feed on fish and shellfish, and also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals....
s from the American continent
The Americas, or America , are lands in the Western hemisphere, also known as the New World. In English, the plural form the Americas is often used to refer to the landmasses of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions, while the singular form America is primarily...
The genus comprises four species:
- North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)
- Southern River Otter
The Southern river otter is a species of otter that lives in Chile and Argentina. Although called a "river otter", it inhabits both marine and freshwater environments....
- Neotropical Otter (Lontra longicaudis)
- Marine Otter
The marine otter, Lontra felina, is a rare and poorly-known South American mammal of the weasel family . The scientific name means "otter cat", and in Spanish the marine otter is also often referred to as : "marine cat"...
These species were previously included in the genus Lutra
Lutra is a genus of otters.*Lutra nippon - Japanese otter*Lutra sumatrana - Hairy-nosed otter*Lutra lutra - European otter-Habitat:Lutra are semi-aquatic mammals and therefore need to be well-adapted to both water and land...
, together with the European Otter
The European Otter , also known as the Eurasian otter, Eurasian river otter, common otter and Old World otter, is a European and Asian member of the Lutrinae or otter subfamily, and is typical of freshwater otters....
, but they have now been moved to a separate genus.