West African slender-snouted crocodile

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West African slender-snouted crocodile
Crocodylus cataphractus faux-gavial d'Afrique2.JPG
West African slender-snouted crocodile
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Crocodylidae
Genus: Mecistops
Species:
M. cataphractus
Binomial name
Mecistops cataphractus
(Cuvier, 1825)
Synonyms
  • Crocodylus cataphractus Cuvier, 1825
  • Mecistops bennettii Gray, 1844

The West African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus) is a critically endangered type of African crocodile. It is one of five species of crocodile in Africa.[2]

Distribution[change | change source]

The West African slender-snouted crocodile lives in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, southern Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, southern Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo) and extends into Cameroon in Central Africa.

Status[change | change source]

The West African slender-snouted crocodile is classified as critically endangered. It no longer exists in many countries, while its numbers have decreased in others. In its native range, it is very rare. It is on the verge of disappearing. Captive breeding may be important for conservation of this species.

References[change | change source]

  1. Crocodile Specialist Group (2014). "Mecistops cataphractus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T5660A3044332. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. "West African Slender-snouted Crocodile". EDGE of Existence. Retrieved 2020-08-21.