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African or Cape clawless otter (Aonyx capensis)

15 February 2016

 

 
 

Physical description

The coat colour varies from pale brown to almost black-brown with white, unspotted portion which covers the chin, throat, the upper part of the chest, the sides of the neck up to below the ears and the sides of the face up to below the eyes. The underside is paler than the upper one and there are off-white patches on the chest, while the abdomen is white. The whiskers may be totally white or they may be dark with wide, white tips. The coat contains long bristles which gives it a sheen.

            

 

 
 

Area and habitat

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The clawless otter in South Africa is one of six subspecies that occur in Africa. In South Africa, the clawless otter can easily be differentiated from the spotted-necked otter based on its size and appearance.

Otters largely live in water and do not move far from it although a clawless otter in the Tsitsikamma forest has been photographed with a remote camera on a footpath at least 300 m uphill and away from the Sout River. The movements of otters are regulated by the availability of food and when a water source dries up they will move away. Clawless otters may penetrate arid regions deeply along rivers. In the Drakensberg Mountain Range they have been recorded in mountain streams at an altitude of up to 2 400 m above sea level... (Become a subscriber for more)


Read the full article written by Prof J du P Bothma.

 

 

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