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Mammalia > Carnivora > Mustelidae > Lutra

Lutra lutra Linnaeus, 1758 – Eurasian Otter

Taxonomic Notes:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

In India, Eurasian Otter has distribution in southern India, NE India, Jammu & Kashmir, and Leh-Ladakh. It is a semi-aquatic species, that stays close to water. It inhabits wetlands, lakes, and rivers. Its diet is composed mainly of fishes. 

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to IUCN Red List assessment, population of this species is decreasing all over its range. There are no accurate estimates and there are only in the form of presence/absence. Major threat to its survival come from habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, mining, over-fishing, and pollution. There are records of trapping, poaching and pet trade at various areas all over its range. Its population is also highly fragmented. 

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bayani, A. 2023. Lutra lutra Linnaeus, 1758 – Eurasian Otter. A. Bayani, R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.
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