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Title: Maximum size of dwarf caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Cuvier, 1807), in the Amazon and habitats surrounding the Pantanal, Brazil
Authors: Campos, Zilca M.S.
Sanaiotti, Tânia Margarete
Magnusson, William Ernest
Keywords: Conservation Management
Floodplain Forest
Functional Morphology
Habitat Type
Literature Review
Size Structure
Amazon River
Madeira River
Crocodylidae (all Crocodiles)
Paleosuchus Palpebrosus
Issue Date: 2010
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Amphibia Reptilia
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 31, Número 3, Pags. 439-442
Abstract: The dwarf caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus, is considered one of the smallest crocodilians. However, our surveys indicate that the species regularly reaches larger sizes than usually reported in the literature. Most individuals lose tail tips, and we did not encounter any individual with snout-vent length (SVL) > 70 cm that had an intact tail. P. palpebrosus attains SVL > 112.5 cm (equivalent to a total length with intact tail estimated from SVL of 210 cm) in streams around the Pantanal, 106 cm (198 cm) in flooded forest in central Amazonia, and 100 cm (187 cm) in flooded forest and around the Madeira-Guaporé River. © 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1163/156853810791769392
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