Otter Classification

“What are they related to?”  This is probably one of the most common questions heard in Zoos about almost any animal.  Below you will find a summary of the taxonomic classification of otters, photos of otter relatives, and a list of all thirteen species of otters! 

  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Mustelidae -Largest family in the order Carnivora
    • Mustelidae also includes: Click through slideshow below to see common mustelids 

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* Denotes otters you can see in an AZA Zoo or Aquarium