Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Crocodylia Alligatoridae

Scientific Name: Caiman crocodilus
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Common Caiman, Spectacled Caiman
Lacerta crocodilus Linnaeus, 1758

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/least concern ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Crocodile Specialist Group
Probably numbers in the millions, widely distributed throughout range, although locally depleted or extirpated in some localities.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1988 Threatened (T)
1986 Threatened (T)

Geographic Range [top]

Countries occurrence:
Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Cuba; Puerto Rico; United States
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix I (Caiman crocodilus apaporiensis) and Appendix II.

Citation: Crocodile Specialist Group. 1996. Caiman crocodilus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T46584A11062106. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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