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Aonyx cinerea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Genus: Aonyx
Lesson, 1827
Type species
Aonyx delalandi
Lesson, 1827

Aonyx capensis
Aonyx cinerea

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Aonyx distribution

Aonyx is a genus of otters, containing only one species, the African clawless otter, and one subspecies, the Cameroon clawless otter. Sometimes also the Oriental small-clawed otter, Amblonyx cinerea is counted in this genus. The word 'Aonyx' means 'clawless', derived from the prefix 'a-' (without) and 'onyx' (claw/hoof).

Species and subspecies[edit]


  1. ^ Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Genus Aonyx". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.