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FAMILY:
ALLIGATORIDAE

A. mississippiensis
A. sinensis
C. crocodilus
C. c. apaporiensis
C. c. fuscus
C. latirostris
C. yacare
M. niger
P. palpebrosus
P. trigonatus

FAMILY:
CROCODYLIDAE

C. acutus
C. intermedius
C. johnstoni
C. mindorensis
C. moreletii
C. niloticus
C. novaeguineae
C. palustris
C. porosus
C. rhombifer
C. siamensis
M. cataphractus
O. tetraspis
T. schlegelii

FAMILY:
GAVIALIDAE

G. gangeticus

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Caiman latirostris

Similarly to the spectacled caiman, the broad-snouted caiman also has a bony ridge running between both eyes, but in this species the ridge extends beyond the boundaries of the eye sockets and also diverges down the snout. As its name implies, this species has a relatively shorter and broader snout than other caimans, which it uses to crush the shells of molluscs and crustaceans upon which it feeds at night.

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