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Algarolutra
Temporal range: Pleistocene
Algarolutra and sardolutra bw by avancna-d23d218.jpg
A restored sketch sheet of Algarolutra majori (bottom) along with Sardolutra ichnusae (top)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Genus: Algarolutra
Malatesta, 1978
Species: A. majori
Binomial name
Algarolutra majori
Malatesta, 1978

Algarolutra is an extinct genus of otter from the Pleistocene of Corsica and Sardinia. The single species Algarolutra majori was originally attributed to the genus Cyrnaonyx and its type species Cyrnaonyx antiqua, which was based on fossils from Corsica and also from mainland France. From mainland Europe, only lower dentition was known, whereas from Corsica and Sardinia only upper dentition was known. When Cyrnaonyx antiqua fossil with both upper and lower dentition were found in England, it became clear that the species majori was too different to keep even in the same genus and the genus Algarolutra was described. appearing to belong to separate genera. Algarolutra majori is known only from very sparse evidence.

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