Melanosuchus niger 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Crocodylia Alligatoridae

Scientific Name: Melanosuchus niger (Spix, 1825)
Common Name(s):
English Black Caiman
French Caïman noir
Spanish Caimán Negro, Lagarto Negro
Caiman niger Spix, 1825

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/conservation dependent ver 2.3
Year Published: 2000
Date Assessed: 2000-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Ross, J.P.
Reported to have undergone substantial recovery in several parts of its range. Recent surveys suggest that this species remains widespread and extinction is unlikely.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru
Additional data:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Found in the Amazon River basin. Terrestial nest sites and basking areas.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix I (except the population of Brazil, which is included in Appendix II, and the population of Ecuador, which is included in Appendix II and is subject to a zero annual export quota until an annual export quota has been approved by the CITES Secretariat and the IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group).

Citation: Ross, J.P. 2000. Melanosuchus niger. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2000: e.T13053A3407604. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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