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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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Paleosuchus palpebrosus

A portrait of the head of an adult dwarf caiman, which is the smallest living crocodilian species. Along with the other Paleosuchus species, they are referred to as 'smooth-fronted' caimans because they lack the ossified bony ridges in front of the eyes. Colouration is also quite different, and the reddish hue seen in this photograph no doubt serves suitable camouflage in its natural habitat. Being nocturnal hunters, the eyes are also relatively large.

Photograph © Adam Britton

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Click Two adult dwarf caimans holding onto a log Click Head portrait of adult dwarf caiman Click Adult caiman head from behind

Click Developing head shape Click Head of adult in water Click Head of juvenile with water reflection

Click Gaping juvenile





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