Temporal range: Late Miocene
Ginsburg, Ingavat & Tassy, 1983
(Wang et al., 2017)
Siamogale melilutra was an extinct species of giant otter. It is from the late Miocene epoch, from Yunnan province, China. The skull has a combination of otter-like and badger-like cranial features. The new species belongs to the Lutrinae subfamily. Siamogale melilutra was about the size of a wolf. It was estimated to about 50 kilograms (110 lb). This is two to three times larger than any modern otter species.
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