WoRMS taxon details

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLontra canadensis Schreber, 1777

159017 (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:159017)
accepted
Species
marine
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution North America (Alaska west across northern...  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution North America (Alaska west across northern Canada and the US to Nova Scotia) [details]
Berta, A. (2010). Lontra canadensis Schreber, 1777. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=159017 on 2017-11-22

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basis of record Wilson, D. E., and D. M. Reeder (eds.). 1993. Mammal species of the world. Smithsonian Institution Press., available online at http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/msw/ [details]   

additional source Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station., available online at http://www.gmwsrs.org/main.htm [details]   

additional source Linkletter, L. E. (1977). A checklist of marine fauna and flora of the Bay of Fundy. Huntsman Marine Laboratory, St. Andrews, N.B. 68: p. [details]   

additional source University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Animal Diversity Web., available online at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien 
 

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDiet Amphibians, fish, crayfish, and other invertebrates. Birds and small terrestrial mammals are also eaten on occation. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDimensions Length: 66-107 cm (tail length is 32-46 cm); Weight: 3-14 kg [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution North America (Alaska west across northern Canada and the US to Nova Scotia) [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat Riparian zones, usually no more than a few hundred meters from water unless they are moving between rivers or lakes. River otters can tolerate a variety of environments including very cold and hot areas, high elevations, and coastal waters (rarely). [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorImportance Hunted for many years for their attractive and durable fur. River otters also eat "trash fish" that compete with more economically beneficial game fish. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMorphology Distinguishing characteristics: long streamlined animals with a thick tapered tail and short legs, wide, rounded head, small ears, and nostrils that can be closed underwater. long thick whiskers. they are dark brown to black above a ligther color ventrally. throat and cheeks are usually a golden. The feet have claws and are completely webbed.  [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPredators None [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorReproduction Breeding: March to April. They have one to 5 young born 10-12 months later (delayed implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus). Young are weaned 3-4 months and leave parents after a year. Sexual maturity is reached at 2-3 years of age. [details]
 

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English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorriver otterChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorNorth American river otter  [details]