Oriental Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinereus)

​Date published: August 2016

Assessment Summary

The Technical Assessment Panel (TAP)  assessed the Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus) as being moderately dangerous to humans, having a high establishment risk with a high consequence of establishment.  The climate match indicated that 75% of the geographic range of one or more susceptible native species or ecological communities that are listed as threatened under Tasmanian legislation lies within the mapped area of the six climate match classes (10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5).  Multiple threatened native species are likely to be susceptible to predation by this species including the Giant freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldii), the Swan galaxias (Galaxias fontanus), Striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peroni) and the Green and gold frog (Litoria raniformis).  Consequently, the TAP assessment concluded that the risk posed by importing Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus) into Tasmania is extreme not be permitted for import. 

In general, species that are categorised as extreme threat species are not permitted for import; however Tasmania does allow the import of the African Lion and the Koala only for those licence holders approved for keeping extreme threat species.  This is only due to those species allowed for import prior to the risk assessment process came into place.


Assessment Documentation

  Otter Species Profile   (749Kb) 

  Oriental Small-clawed 0tter Risk Assessment   (314Kb)

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