Aonyx antiquus (De Blainville, 1841:59)

Ancient clawless otter



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Lutra antiqua De Blaineville, 1841:59; Cyrnaonyx antiqua (De Blainville, 1841:59)


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



The Netherlands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

De Blainville, H. M. Ducrotay. (1841). Ostéographie ou description iconographique comparée du squelette et du système dentaire des mammifères récents et fossiles pour servir de base à la zoologie et à la géologie. T. Iime (secundatès) avec atlas (folio), 117 pls., Paris, I: 54-60.


Other references:

Helbing, H. (1935). Cyrnaonyx antiqua (Blainv.), ein Lutrine aus dem europaeischen Pleistocaen. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae 28(5): 563-577.

Kurtén, B., (1968). Pleistocene mammals of Europe London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson: 1-317.

Kurtén, B., 1971 - The Age of Mammals. The World Naturalist - London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson: 1-250.

Mecozzi, Beniamino et al. (2022). Rediscovering Lutra lutra from Grotta Romanelli (southern Italy)in the framework of the puzzling evolutionary history of Eurasian otter. PalZ 96: 161-174.

Van Bree, P. J. H., Bosscha Erdbrink, D. P. and Roescher, F. J. (1999). A second find of Aonyx antiquus in the Netherlands, and some remarks on Aonyx and allied forms. In: Reumer, J. W. F. and De Vos, J. (eds.). Elephants Have a Snorkel! Papers in Honour of Paul Y. Sondaar. Deinsea 7: 313-323.

Vervoort-Kerkhoff, Y. and van Kolfschoten, T. (1988). Pleistocene and Holocene Mammalian faunas from the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Meded. Werkgr. Tert. Kwart. Geol. 25(1): 87-98.

Willemsen, G. F. (1992). A revision of the Pliocene and Quaternary Lutrinae from Europe. Scripta Geologica 101: 1-115


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