Urban Mammals: Smooth-coated Otter

smooth coated otters

Smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspiciiata)

Local name: Memerang licin

Description:

  • Usually encountered in family groups of 4 to 6 individuals -Feeds on fish, shellfish, frogs, insects, crustaceans, mudskippers
  • As the name goes, it has a soft and smooth fur
  • Has large, webbed feet; forelegs are shorter than the hindlegs to help it swim

Activity pattern: Diurnal

Ecological function: Prey-predator relationship

Level in food chain: Secondary consumer

Feeding behaviour: Carnivore

Food items: Fish, shellfish, crustaceans

Microhabitat: Can be found in rivers, lakes, mangroves. There are many sightings of this animal in Klang Valley rivers and Penang island