Clawless otters

Clawless otters

Order : Carnivora
Family : Mustelidae
Subfamily : Lutrinae
Genus : Aonyx


Animals in the genus Aonyx

African clawless otter
Facts about the genus Aonyx, the clawless otters

THE CAPE CLAWLESS OTTER - Aonyx capensis Cape clawless otters are found throughout the southern and eastern coastal regions of South Africa, where they prefer areas with both fresh and salt water.

Asian clawless otters are diurnal and gregarious.

Asian clawless otters are the smallest of the nineteen extant otter species.

Four of the otter species, the sea otter, the Cape clawless, the Congo clawless, and the Asian clawless otters are very dexterous, and use their hands for capturing prey.

Habits: African clawless otters are curious animals that enjoy the attention of crowds of onlookers.

Mork and Aonyx are now alone together - Aonyx is much more confident; without Mindy there, she can be alpha female.

The most frequent evidence of Aonyx is the dung deposits that consist mainly of crushed crabshells and catfish bones (Kingdon, 1997), although they also eat molluscs, small mammals and birds (Stuart & Stuart 1997).

Though the fur of the clawless otters is not as valuable as those of Lutra otters, they still have been hunted for their fur.

Usually, African Clawless Otters are active at night.

0 (Aonyx) is released. (Full text)

Otters use different tactics to catch their prey; the Oriental short-clawed and Cape clawless otters are hand-oriented and will invariably grab an octopus (Full text)

Cape clawless otters are mostly active during the day and although they are fond of water, they spend more time out of it than the spotted-necked otter does, wandering in search of new feeding grounds. (Full text)

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