Lontra is a genus of otters from the Americas.[1]

LutraCanadensis fullres
North American river otters
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Genus: Lontra
Gray, 1843
Type species
Lutra canadensis
Schreber, 1777

L. canadensis
L. felina
L. longicaudis
L. provocax
L. weiri

Lontra range
Lontra range


These species were previously included in the genus Lutra, together with the Eurasian otter, but they have now been moved to a separate genus. The genus comprises four living and one known fossil species:

Extant Species

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Northern River Otter on Seedskadee NWR (22802102984) Lontra canadensis North American river otter North America
Lontra provocax Lontra provocax southern river otter Chile and Argentina
Lontra longicaudis 2.jpeg Lontra longicaudis neotropical otter Central America, South America and the island of Trinidad
Lfelina Lontra felina marine otter South America

Extinct species

Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Lontra weiri Weir's otter Pliocene North America [2]


  1. ^ Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Prassack, K.A. (July 2016). "Lontra weiri, sp. nov., a Pliocene river otter (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae, Lutrinae) from the Hagerman Fossil Beds (Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument), Idaho, USA". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 36 (4): e1149075. doi:10.1080/02724634.2016.1149075.

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