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Mecistops cataphractus  (Cuvier, 1825)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 845140

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Crocodylus cataphractus Cuvier, 1825
    Mecistops bennettii Gray, 1844
  Common Name(s): African Slender-snouted Crocodile [English]
    African Sharp-nosed Crocodile [English]
    African Gavial [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderCrocodilia  – crocodilo, jacaré, Crocodilians, crocodiles, alligators, caimans, gavials  
                            FamilyCrocodylidae  – Crocodiles  
                               GenusMecistops Gray, 1844 – African Slender-snouted Crocodile, African Sharp-nosed Crocodile, African Gavial  
                                  SpeciesMecistops cataphractus (Cuvier, 1825) – African Slender-snouted Crocodile, African Sharp-nosed Crocodile, African Gavial  

  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Mecistops cataphractus    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Reptile Database (Nov 2021), website (version Nov-2021)  
  Acquired: 2021   
  Notes: Uetz, P., Freed, P, Aguilar, R. & Hosek, J. (eds.) (2021) The Reptile Database,, accessed 12 Dec 2021   
  Reference for: Mecistops cataphractus, African Slender-snouted Crocodile [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): King, F. W., and R. L. Burke, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1989   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Crocodilian, Tuatara, and Turtle Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference   
  Publisher: Association of Systematics Collections   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-942924-15-0   
  Reference for: Mecistops cataphractus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): McAliley, L. Rex, R. E. Willis, D. A. Ray, P. S. White, C. A. Brochu, and L. D. Densmore III  
  Publication Date: 1996   
  Article/Chapter Title: Are crocodiles really monophyletic?-Evidence for subdivisions from sequence and morphological data   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 39, no. 1   
  Page(s): 16-32   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1055-7903   
  Reference for: Mecistops cataphractus   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  






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