Species Aonyx capensis (Schinz, 1821) (Groot otter)

Biological classification:
  • kingdom: Animalia
  • - phylum: Chordata
  • -- class: Mammalia
  • --- order: Carnivora
  • ---- family: Mustelidae
  • ----- species: Aonyx capensis
Characteristics:carnivore; body-length: 75-90 cm; the upper parts of the body are chestnut while the belly, chest, throat and face are lighter coloured; the paws are clawless except for three digits of the hind paws; they can be distinguished from the Spotted-necked Otter by the bigger size and the lack of spots on the throat;
Countries:

BW
Botswana
MZ
Mozambique
NA
Namibia
ZA
South Africa
ZW
Zimbabwe
Ecoregions:

AT0709
Kalahari Acacia-Baikiaea woodlands
AT0717
Southern Africa bushveld
AT0726
Zambezian Baikiaea woodlands
AT0907
Zambezian flooded grasslands
AT1004
Drakensberg montane grasslands, woodlands and forests
AT1009
Highveld grasslands
AT1201
Albany thickets
AT1202
Lowland fynbos and renosterveld
AT1203
Montane fynbos and renosterveld
AT1309
Kalahari xeric savanna
Links:
References:Cillié 1997: 168
Source: wikimedia
Date: 2008-08-26 (?)
Place: Toledo Zoo, Ohio, USA
Creator: unknown (Ruby 1x2)
Permission: Public Domain

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