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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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Melanosuchus niger

The dark pigmentation which lends the black caiman its name can be seen from this photograph. In adults, however, body colour and morphology can be difficult to differentiate from other caiman species (e.g. Caiman crocodilus), and this can be a problem in identification of illegally harvested skins of black caiman (when the head has been removed).

Photograph courtesy of University of Boston

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Click Head portrait of juvenile Click Juvenile held in hand Click Juveniles in a holding container
Click Juvenile's disruptive camouflage patterns Click Adult black caiman floating in water Click Sub-adult caiman head





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