Asian small-clawed otter

Aonyx cinerea

Class Mammalia   Aonyx cinerea
Order Carnivora
Distribution Southern India to the Malay Peninsula and the coastal areas of Southern China.
Habitat Shallow areas of freshwater streams, rivers and coastal regions.
Conservation Status Listed under Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Behaviour The Asian small-clawed otter is mostly active after dark. It lives in groups of up to 15 individuals. Group members communicate and utter a variety of yelps and whimpers. When disturbed, they scream to rally the help of others. When swimming on the water surface, otters row with the forelimbs and paddle with the hind limbs. When diving under water, they undulate their bodies and tails.