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Mecistops  Gray, 1844
Taxonomic Serial No.: 845138

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Common Name(s): African Slender-snouted Crocodile [English]
    African Sharp-nosed Crocodile [English]
    African Gavial [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2021   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderCrocodilia  – crocodilo, jacaré, Crocodilians, crocodiles, alligators, caimans, gavials  
                            FamilyCrocodylidae  – Crocodiles  
                               GenusMecistops Gray, 1844 – African Slender-snouted Crocodile, African Sharp-nosed Crocodile, African Gavial  
    Direct Children:  
                                  Species Mecistops cataphractus (Cuvier, 1825) – African Slender-snouted Crocodile, African Sharp-nosed Crocodile, African Gavial 
                                  Species Mecistops leptorhynchus (Bennett, 1835) – Central African Slender-snouted Crocodile 

  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Mecistops    
  Other Source(s):    
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  Author(s)/Editor(s): Gray, John Edward  
  Publication Date: 1844   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Catalogue of the tortoises, crocodiles, and amphisbaenians, in the collection of the British Museum   
  Page(s): vii + 80   
  Publisher: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History)   
  Publication Place: London, UK   
  Notes: Available online via Biodiversity Heritage Library at   
  Reference for: original description   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): McAliley, L. Rex, R. E. Willis, D. A. Ray, P. S. White, C. A. Brochu, and L. D. Densmore III  
  Publication Date: 1996   
  Article/Chapter Title: Are crocodiles really monophyletic?-Evidence for subdivisions from sequence and morphological data   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 39, no. 1   
  Page(s): 16-32   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1055-7903   
  Reference for: Mecistops   

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