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1. (Science: zoology) Any carnivorous animal of the genus Lutra, and related genera. Several species are described. They have large, flattish heads, short ears, and webbed toes. They are aquatic, and feed on fish. Their fur is soft and valuable. The common otter of Europe is Lutra vulgaris; the American otter is L. Canadensis; other species inhabit south America and asia.

2. (Science: zoology) The larva of the ghost moth. It is very injurious to hop vines. Otter hound, Otter dog

Origin: OE. Oter, AS. Otor; akin to D. & G. Otter, Icel. Otr, Dan. Odder, Sw. Utter, Lith. Udra, Russ, vuidra, Gr. Water serpent, hydra, Skr. Udra otter, and also to E. Water. 137. See Water, and cf. Hydra.

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Can anyone help Identify these fish vertebra?

I am doing a dietary analysis of the Eurasian Otter and I am currently struggling to identify some fish vertebra. Bones have been found in Otter spraints collected in Scottish fresh water environment. Can anyone help? Thank you.

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by Ottermad83
Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Can anyone help Identify these fish vertebra?
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identify vertebrae found on beach

Can anyone identify this bone? I found it on the beach in northern California. It's almost the size of a deck of cards. I think it may belong to an otter.

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by angeldragonfly
Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:44 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: identify vertebrae found on beach
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Homework help!

... 51 10.5 Rana (frog-lungs and skin) 39 8.1 Orcinus (whale) 34 21.5 Adelie penguin 34 22.4 Adult goat 32 14 Rabbit 32 15.6 Harbor seal 31 29.3 Sea otter 31 21.3 Human adult 30 14.4 Alligator 28 6.7 Horse 26 16 Human fetus 20 8.4 Pseudemys (turtle) 19.5 8.7 Fetal goat 19 12 Dogfish 17 4.4 Mackerel ...

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by stupodity
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Homework help!
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rodent/mustelid(?) found on beach, uk

I was thinking possibly a young otter, but they're not at all common around here, and the tail seems short to me, even for a young one :?

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by animmo
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: rodent/mustelid(?) found on beach, uk
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Re: whales

... running. You cna see this in a weasel's run. It probably was an animal like this that first entered the sea. You can see something like this in an otter, which runs a bit like w weasel, and swims with an up and down flexing. A bigger tail would make such swimming by up and down flexing more efficient, ...

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by skeptic
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: whales
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