Paleosuchus

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Paleosuchus
Brauen Glattstirnkaiman Paleosuchus palpebrosus.jpg
Paleosuchus palpebrosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Alligatoridae
Subfamily: Caimaninae
Genus: Paleosuchus
Gray, 1862

Paleosuchus is a South American genus of reptile in the family Alligatoridae. They are the smallest members of the order Crocodilia in the Americas.[1] The genus contains two species:[2]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Paleosuchus palpebrosus 01.jpg P. palpebrosus Cuvier's dwarf caiman Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela
Paleosuchus trigonatus.jpg P. trigonatus Smooth-fronted caiman the Amazon and Orinoco Basins

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey (2014). The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed at http://animaldiversity.org.
  2. ^ Alderton, D. (1991). Crocodiles and Alligators of the World. New York: Facts on File Publications.

External links[edit]

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