Spotted-necked otter

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Spotted-necked otter

Order : Carnivora
Family : Mustelidae
Subfamily : Lutrinae
Species : Lutra maculicollis


Keywords: paw , brown

The Speckle-throated otter, spot-necked otter, spotted-necked otter is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the spottednecked otter
A young / baby of a spottednecked otter is called a 'pup or whelp'. A spottednecked otter group is called a 'romp, bevy, lodge, family or raft'.

Facts about the spotted-necked otter

The spot-necked otter (Lutra maculicollis) is also known from the wetlands of this ecoregion, as is the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo), white tailed mongoose (Ichneuma albicauda) and the bushy tailed mongoose (Bdeogale crassicauda). (Full text)

The spotted-necked otter Lutra maculicollis is smaller, with a combined head and body length of about 600mm and it weighs only 4 to 5 kg.

The Spotted-Necked Otter is one of the most proficient swimmers of all freshwater otters. (Full text)

Social Behavior The spotted-necked otter is typically solitary.

So the earliest name has been restored, and the Spotted-Necked Otter is once more Lutra maculicollis.

The spotted-necked otter is thought to breed seasonally, but the actual season seems to vary throughout the range between September and December.

The Spotted-Necked otter is one of the most proficient swimmers of all freshwater otters.

Lutra maculicollis (spotted-necked otter) is found in central Africa south of 10 degrees N latitude. (Full text)

The spotted-necked otter is typically solitary. (Full text)

The Spotted-necked Otter is fairly common but the other two species are rare.

The spotted necked otter is smaller and darker than the Cape clawless otter

The spotted-necked otter is a playful, aquatic animal found in lakes, rivers, and swamps of central and southern Africa.

Spotted-necked otters are some of the most proficient swimmers.

Protection from Predators: since spotted-necked otters are preyed on by eagles and crocodiles, perhaps a pack offers protection ( Kruuk (1995)).

Sport Fishing In affluent and tourist areas, spotted-necked otters are regarded as competitors for sport fish and persecuted accordingly, although the animals are too uncommon to really affect fish stocks for good or bad.

Although spotted-necked otters are not endangered, this species is considered vulnerable due to hunting, wetland loss, fishing

Giant monitor lizards and spotted-necked otters are often seen on the rocks around the island.

Playful spotted necked otters are commonly seen performing in the Lagoon right in front of the tents.

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