Asian Short-Clawed Otters are one of thirteen species of Otters in the carnivore family Mustelidae. Other members of this family include Weasels, Skunks and Ferrets.
Otters in this genus are characterised by only partial webbing between their toes and small, blunt, peg-like claws. Other Otters have fully webbed feet and strong, well-developed claws. Asian Short-Clawed Otters have slender, serpentine bodies with dense, luxurious fur.