Megalenhydris barbaricina Willemsen & Malatesta, 1987

Sardinian giant otter



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Sardinia, Italy


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Willemsen, G. F. & Malatesta, A. (1987). Megalenhydris barbaricina sp. nov., a new otter from Sardinia. [i]Proc. Kon. Ned. Akad. Wet. B[/i] [b]90[/b]: 83-92.


Other references:

Alcover, Josep Antoni et al. (1998). Mammal Species of the World: Additional Data on Insular Mammals. American Museum Novitates 3248, 29 pp., 1 table.

Malatesta, A. (1977). The skeleton of Nesolutra ichnusae sp. n. a Quaternary otter discovered in Sardinia. Geol. Romana 16: 173-209.

Malatesta, A. (1978). On the genus Cyrnaonyx Helbing, 1935 (Mustelidae, Lutrinae) and its type species. Quaternaria, 20: 109-1 16.

Sondaar, P. Y. (1978). La ricerca dei mammiferi fossili in Sardegna. Grottas Nurras, 3 (3): 13-15.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). In the shadow of the megafauna: prehistoric mammal and bird extinctions across the Holocene, pp. 17-39. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. New York: Oxford University Press.

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

Willemsen, Gerard F. (2006). Megalenhydris and its relationship to Lutra reconsidered. Hellenic Journal of Geosciences 41: 83-87.

Wright, Lesley. (July 22, 2007). "Questions and Answers: In-Depth Responses". IUCN Otter Specialist Group.


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