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Taxonomy of the family Alligatoridae
Bibliography of the genus Paleosuchus
Biodiversity of the family Alligatoridae








Genus
Paleosuchus

Dwarf Caimans, Smooth-fronted Caimans, Armored Caimans, Forest Caimans

Glattstirnkaimane

Dværgkaimaner, Glatpandede Kaimaner

1862 Paleosuchus Gray (type species: Crocodilus trigonatus Schneider 1801)
1862 Aromosuchus Gray (type species: Crocodilus palpebrosus Cuvier 1807; syn. Wermuth & Mertens 1977)
1902 Palaeosuchus Waterhouse [substitute name for Paleosuchus Gray 1862] (syn. Wermuth & Mertens 1977)

Contents: 2 species, none of which are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Introduced to: USA (Florida).
Distribution: Bolivia, Brazil (Acre, Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Distrito Federal, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para [incl. Marajo Island], Paraiba, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondonia, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins), Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago (Trinidad), Venezuela.

Paleosuchus palpebrosus

Cayenne Dwarf Caiman, (Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman, Cuvier's Smooth-fronted Caiman)

Brauen-Glattstirnkaiman

Brun Dværgkaiman

1807 Crocodilus palpebrosus Cuvier
Caiman palpebrosus Boulenger 1889
Paleosuchus palpebrosus Müller 1923
1825 Jacaretinga moschifer Spix (Wermuth & Mertens 1977)
1840 Champsa gibbiceps Natterer (Wermuth & Mertens 1977)

Introduced to: USA (Florida).
Distribution: Bolivia, Brazil (Acre, Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Distrito Federal, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para [incl. Marajo Island], Paraiba, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondonia, Roraima, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins), Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago (Trinidad), Venezuela.

Paleosuchus palpebrosus
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Paleosuchus trigonatus

Northwestern Dwarf Caiman, (Schneider's Dwarf Caiman, Schneider's Smooth-fronted Caiman)

Keilkopf-Glattstirnkaiman

Nordvestlig Dværgkaiman

1801 Crocodilus trigonatus Schneider
Caiman trigonatus Boulenger 1889
Paleosuchus trigonatus Schmidt 1928
1924 Paleosuchus niloticus Müller (Wermuth & Mertens 1977)

Remarks: Specific epithet occasionally misspelt trigonotus (e.g., Frank & Ramus 1995).
Introduced to: USA (Florida).
Distribution: Bolivia, Brazil (Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Para [incl. Marajo Island], Rondonia, Roraima, Tocantins), Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela.


Paleosuchus trigonatus
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