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Question About Captive Slender-snouted crocodiles in the U.S.

Discussion in 'United States' started by Hipporex, 11 Dec 2018.

  1. Hipporex

    Hipporex Well-Known Member

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    As I'm sure some of you are aware, scientists have recently divided the slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus) into two species: the West African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus) and the Central African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops leptorhynchus). My question is: Which species is on display in the U.S.? Zoos that have slender-snouted crocodiles list their specimens as "Mecistops cataphractus" on their websites, but that's because the web-pages were made before the new study. Does anyone on here know the answer?
     
  2. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

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    There are conflicting suggestions from different papers on this. The more widely-accepted stance is that they are all west African.
     
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    Does anyone have a pdf of the paper splitting the crocodiles?

    Thanks,
     
  4. Coelacanth18

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    This was my understanding as well. It would make sense as historically, more zoo animals have come to the United States from West Africa than from Central Africa. Additionally, I think the SSP has a relationship with Abidjan Zoo who also breed them and release them into the wild; the specimens at that zoo would be M. cataphractus under current taxonomy.

    It's unlikely that pedigree information would be enough to resolve the question; I think a full genomic analysis would have to be done on the population to know for sure.
     
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