Oriental Small-Clawed Otter Skull Replica

Description

Oriental Small-Clawed Otter Skull Replica measures 3.4 inches or 9cm. The Oriental Small-Clawed Otter Skull Replica is Museum quality Polyurethane cast made in USA. Cast is of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen.
The oriental small-clawed otter also known as the Asian small-clawed otter, is the smallest otter species in the world. Its paws are a distinctive feature, its claws not extending beyond the fleshy end pads of its partially webbed fingers and toes. This gives it a high degree of manual dexterity so that it can use its paws to feed on molluscs, crabs and other small aquatic animals. The Asian small-clawed otter has deep brown fur. Its underfur is lighter near the base. The sides of the neck and head are brown, but its cheeks, upper lip, chin, throat and sides of the neck are whitish. Its skull is short. The muzzle has long coarse whiskers on either side. Its eyes are located toward the front of the head. The small ears are oval-shaped.

The Asian small-clawed otter feeds mainly on crabs, mudskippers and Trichogaster fish. Its diet varies seasonally. When and where available, it also catches snakes, frogs, insects, rats and rice field fish like catfish, Anabas testudineus and Channa striata. The size of crabs found in spraints in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary ranged in carapace width from 3.9 to 17.3 in. Captive Asian small-clawed otters were observed to leave shellfish in the sun so that the heat causes them to open. That way, they consume the meat without having to crush the shells.

The hindmost upper teeth (pm4 and m3) are broad and robust and are specialized for crushing the exoskeletons of crabs and other hard shelled prey. They hunt food by using their whiskers to detect movements of prey in the water. They use their forepaws to locate and capture items rather than their mouths. Their incomplete webbing gives them a great deal of manual dexterity.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 3.4 in
Oriential Small-Clawed Otter Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Genus: Amblonyx
Rafinesque, 1832
Species: A. cinereus
Binomial name: Amblonyx cinereus
Conservation status: Vulnerable – A vulnerable species is one which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as likely to become endangered unless the circumstances that are threatening its survival and reproduction improve.

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