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Asian small-clawed otter
Conservation status
Scientific classification
A. cinereus
Binomial name
Aonyx cinereus
(Illiger, 1815)
Asian small-clawed otter range

Amblonyx cinereus
Aonyx cinerea

The Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus) is a type of otter. It is also called the oriental small-clawed otter or simply small-clawed otter. It is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is the smallest type of otter in the world. It is also the smallest type of otter in Asia. It eats molluscs, crabs and other small aquatic animals.[2][3][4]

The Asian small-clawed otter lives in mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands in South and Southeast Asia. It is threatened by habitat loss, pollution, and hunting in some places. It is a vulnerable species.[2]


  1. Wright, L., de Silva, P., Chan, B. & Reza Lubis, I. (2015). "Aonyx cinereus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) 2015: e.T44166A21939068. Retrieved 29 October 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chan, Bosco Pui Lok; Group), Lesley Wright (IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist; Group), Padma Kumari de Silva (Otter Specialist; Indonesia), Irwansyah Reza Lubis (Wetland International- (2014-06-01). "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Aonyx cinereus". 
  3. "Aonyx cinereus Species Account" (in en). 
  4. Foster-Turley, Pat; Engfer, Susan (2007-12-18). "The Species Survival Plan for the Asian small-clawed otter Aonyx cinerea" (in en). International Zoo Yearbook 27 (1): 79–84. doi:10.1111/j.1748-1090.1988.tb03199.x .