Threatened species of Pteronura brasiliensis

Other Names:
Threatened species of Giant otter
Endangered species of Guiana flat-tailed otter
winged tailed otter
margin tailed otter

Humans continue to illegally hunt Pteronura brasiliensis for pelts. Indigenous groups use the meat and pelt of P. brasiliensis. It is controlled as a pest as its ravenous appetite is often blamed by logging and mining workers for a lack of fish/protein available in some south American river systems.


Pteronura brasiliensis is considered as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN. CITES lists the species as "Appendix 1.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
19.01.2021 – 19:31 CET