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Southern river otter
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Genus: Lontra
Species: L. provocax
Binomial name
Lontra provocax
(Thomas, 1908)

The Southern river otter (Lontra provocax) is a species of otter that lives in Chile and Argentina. Although called a "river otter", it inhabits both marine and freshwater environments.

This medium-sized otter's body can grow up to 2.5 ft (70 cm) long, with a tail being about 16 in (40 cm). Its skin is dark-brown on the top and has a lighter cinnamon color on its underside. The Southern river otter lives in the central and southern areas of Chile and parts of Argentina. It lives in rocky coasts and other places with few waves. Instead of living in open areas, the otter prefers places with dense vegetation. Although the female and her young will live in family groups, males are usually solitary. Their diet includes fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and birds. The Southern River Otter is listed as endangered, due to illegal hunting, water pollution, and habitat loss.


  1. ^ Sepulveda, M., Franco, M., Medina, G., Fasola, L. & Alvarez, R. (2008). Lontra provocax. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 March 2009. Database entry includes justification for why this species is endangered

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