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African clawless otter[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
A. capensis
Binomial name
Aonyx capensis
(Schinz, 1821)
African clawless otter range

The African clawless otter (Aonyx capensis) is a type of otter. It is also called the Cape clawless otter or groot otter. It is the largest type of otter that live in Africa. It is also the second-largest type of otter that live in freshwater. African clawless otters are found near permanent bodies of water in savannah and lowland forest areas. They found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, except for the Congo River basin and arid places.[3]


  1. Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Aonyx capensis". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0 . OCLC 62265494 . 
  2. Hoffmann, M. (2008). "Aonyx capensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  3. Project), Janice Reed-Smith (African Otter Outreach; Jacques, Helene; Pretoria), Michael Somers (University of (2014-06-14). "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Aonyx capensis".