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A Listing of Crocodiles of the World
Distribution Key

Order Crocodylidae (Crocodiles)

Estuarine or Salt-Water Crocodile - Crocodylus porosus


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Scientific Name
Common Name
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus johnstoni (often spelt johnsoni) Australian Freshwater Crocodile or Johnston's (Johnson's) Crocodile Australia (NT,Qld,WA)
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus porosus Estuarine or Salt-Water Crocodile Australia (NT,Qld,WA), SE Asia
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus acutus American Crocodile US, Central America
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Mecistops (was Crocodylus) cataphractus *Central African Slender-snouted Crocodile Central Africa
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Mecistops Sp.(Split from M. cataphractus) (to be named) *West African Slender-snouted Crocodile West Africa
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus intermedius Orinoco Crocodile South America
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus mindorensis Philippine (Mindoro) Crocodile Philippines
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus moreletii Morelet's Crocodile or Mexican Freshwater Crocodile Central America
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus niloticus Nile Crocodile Africa, Madagascar
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus novaeguineae New Guinea Crocodile New Guinea
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus palustris Mugger Crocodile, Marsh Crocodile, or Indian Crocodile Indian subcontinent
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Crocodylus rhombifer Cuban Crocodile Cuba

Crocodylus siamensis

Siamese Crocodile SE Asia

Crocodylus suchus (Split from Crocodylus niloticus)

*West African Crocodile or Desert Crocodile Africa (West Africa)
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Osteolaemus tetraspis *Central African Dwarf Crocodile Africa (Ogooue Basin)
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Osteolaemus osborni (was O. tetraspis osborni) *Congo or Osborn's Dwarf Crocodile Africa (Congo Basin)
CROCODYLIDAE/Crocodylinae Osteolaemus Sp. (split from O. tetraspis)
(to be named)
*West African Dwarf Crocodile Africa (West Africa)
CROCODYLIDAE/Tomistominae Tomistoma schlegelii Malaysian (or Malayan) Gharial (=False Gharial) SE Asia
GAVIALIDAE Gavialis gangeticus Indian Gharial Indian subcontinent
ALLIGATORIDAE Alligator mississippiensis American Alligator US
ALLIGATORIDAE Alligator sinensis Chinese Alligator China
ALLIGATORIDAE Caiman latirostris Broad-snouted Caiman South America
ALLIGATORIDAE Caiman crocodilus Spectacled Caiman Central & South America
ALLIGATORIDAE Caiman yacare Yacare/Jacaré Caiman South America
ALLIGATORIDAE Melanosuchus niger Black Caiman South America
ALLIGATORIDAE Paleosuchus palpebrosus Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman South America
ALLIGATORIDAE Paleosuchus trigonatus Schneider's Smooth-Fronted Caiman South America

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NT = Northern Territory
Qld = Queensland
WA = Western Australia


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