Common name: Schneider's Smooth-fronted Caiman
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Native Range: Paleosuchus trigonatus is found in a region of the Amazon Basin including parts of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela (Magnusson and Campos, 2010).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Paleosuchus trigonatus are found here.
Table last updated 5/16/2022
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Pet escape.
Status: Failed in Florida.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Krysko, K.L., J.P. Burgess, M.R. Rochford, C.R. Gillette, D. Cueva, K.M. Enge, L.A. Somma, J.L. Stabile, D.C. Smith, J.A. Wasilewski, G.N. Kieckhefer, III, M.C. Granatosky, and S.V. Nielsen. 2011. Verified non-indigenous amphibians and reptiles in Florida from 1863 through 2010: Outlining the invasion process and identifying invasion pathways and stages. Zootaxa 3028:1-64.
Magnusson, W.E., and Z. Campos. 2010. Schneider's Smooth-fronted Caiman Paleosuchus trigonatus. Pp 43-45 in Crocodiles. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. Third Ediction, S.C. Manolis, and C. Stevenson (eds.). Crocodile Specialist Group: Darwin.
Revision Date: 4/16/2019
Powell, R.S., 2022, Paleosuchus trigonatus Schneider, 1801: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=2870, Revision Date: 4/16/2019, Access Date: 5/17/2022
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