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Aonyx cinerea

(Asian Short-Clawed Otter)

Interesting Facts

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Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Asian Short-Clawed Otter, Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Clawless Otters, Short-Clawed Otter


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Physical Description


Adult otters weigh up to 10 lbs , and can be up to 3 feet in length , including a 14 inch tail.


Tropical rain forest areas.


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Diet consists mainly of crabs, snails, mollusks, and frogs . It uses its large, broad cheeks to crush its prey's outer shell and bones.


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Similar Species

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Members of the genus Aonyx

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 15 species and subspecies in this genus:

A. antiqua · A. bravardi · A. capensis (African Small-Clawed Otter) · A. capensis capensis (African Small-Clawed Otter) · A. capensis congica · A. capensis hindei (African Small-Clawed Otter) · A. capensis meneleki · A. cinerea (Asian Short-Clawed Otter) · A. cinereus (Oriental Small-Clawed Otter) · A. cinereus cinerea · A. congica · A. congicus (Cameroon Clawless Otter) · A. congicus congicus · A. congicus microdon (Cameroon Clawless Otter) · A. microdon

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Last Revised: 2009-09-22