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Crocodylus suchus GEOFFROY SAINT-HILAIRE, 1807

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Higher TaxaCrocodylidae (Crocodylia, crocodiles)
Common NamesE: West African crocodile
G: Wesafrikanisches Krokodil 
SynonymCrocodilus suchus GEOFFROY SAINT-HILAIRE 1807: 84
Crocodylus niloticus suchus — WERMUTH & MERTENS 1977: 145
Crocodylus suchus — SCHMITZ et al. 2003
Crocodylus suchus — NICKEL & AULIYA 2004
Crocodylus suchus — NICKEL 2004
Crocodylus suchus — PADIAL 2006
Crocodylus suchus — CHIRIO 2009
Crocodylus suchus — ULLENBRUCH et al. 2010
Crocodylus suchus — HEKKALA et al. 2011 
DistributionMauritania, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Senegal, Mali, Guinea (Conakry), Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Dahomey (fide WERMUTH & MERTENS 1977), Sudan (Jumhūriyyat)

Type locality: Niger  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 7524 (possibly, type status uncertain) 
CommentDistribution: Not in Equatorial Guinea fide SÁNCHEZ-VIALAS et al. 2022. 
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  • Chirio, L. 2009. Inventaire des reptiles de la région de la Réserve de Biosphère Transfrontalière du W (Niger/Bénin/Burkina Faso: Afrique de l’Ouest). [Herpetological survey of the W Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve area (Niger/Benin/Burkina Faso: West Africa]. Bull. Soc. Herp. France (132): 13-41 - get paper here
  • Cunningham SW, Shirley MH, Hekkala ER. 2016. Fine scale patterns of genetic partitioning in the rediscovered African crocodile, Crocodylus suchus (Saint-Hilaire 1807). PeerJ 4: e1901 - get paper here
  • Eniang, Edem A.; Godfrey C. Akani, Daniele Dendi, John E. Fa & Luca Luiselli 2020. People’s perceptions of crocodiles in Nigeria. The Herpetological Journal 30: 112-116 - get paper here
  • Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, E. 1807. Description de deux crocodiles qui existent dans le Nil, comparés au crocodile de Saint-Domingue. Ann. Mus. Hist. nat. Paris 10: 67-86 - get paper here
  • HEKKALA, E., SHIRLEY, M. H., AMATO, G., AUSTIN, J. D., CHARTER, S., THORBJARNARSON, J., VLIET, K. A., HOUCK, M. L., DESALLE, R. and BLUM, M. J. 2011. An ancient icon reveals new mysteries: mummy DNA resurrects a cryptic species within the Nile crocodile. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05245.x - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2012. Doppelt publiziert hält besser: ein „neues Nilkrokodil“. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (1): 50-51 - get paper here
  • Nickel, H. 2004. Neues zum Status von Crocodylus suchus GEOFFROY 1807, dem Nordwestafrikanischen Krokodil. Draco 5 (20): 48-53 - get paper here
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  • Padial, J. M. 2006. COMMENTED DISTRIBUTIONAL LIST OF THE REPTILES OF MAURITANIA (WEST AFRICA). Graellsia, 62(2): 159-178 - get paper here
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  • Schmitz, Andreas; Patrick Mausfeld; Evon Hekkala; Tara Shine; Hemmo Nickel; George Amato; Wolfgang Böhme 2003. Molecular evidence for species level divergence in African Nile Crocodiles Crocodylus niloticus (Laurenti, 1786). C. R. Palevol 2: 703–712 - get paper here
  • Segniagbeto, G.H.; Dekawole, J.K.; Ketoh, G.K.; Dendi, D.; Luiselli, L. 2022. Herpetofaunal Diversity in a Dahomey Gap Savannah of Togo (West Africa): Effects of Seasons on the Populations of Amphibians and Reptiles. Diversity 14: 964
  • Sow, Andack Saad; Duarte Vasconcelos Gonçalves, Fábio Vieira Sousa, Fernando Martínez- Freiría, Frederico Santarém, Guillermo Velo-Antón, Hamidou Dieng, João Carlos Campos, Saer Khayar Diagne, Zbyszek Boratyński, José Carlos Brito 2017. Atlas of the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in the Diawling National Park, Mauritania. Basic and Applied Herpetology - get paper here
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
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  • Ullenbruch, K.; Grell, O.; Böhme, W. 2010. Reptiles from southern Benin, West Africa, with the description of a new Hemidactylus (Gekkonidae), and a country-wide checklist. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (1): 31-54 - get paper here
  • Wermuth, H., and R. Mertens. 1977. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien. Testudines, Crocodylia, Rhynchocephalia. Das Tierreich. Berlin. 100: i-xxvii, 1-174 - get paper here
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