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Alligator sinensis

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Definition

noun

An alligator species of the subfamily Alligatorinae endemic to eastern China


Supplement

Alligator sinensis (Chinese alligator) is one of the two presently living species of the subfamily Alligatorinae (true alligators). The other is A. mississippiensis (American alligator). A. sinensis is an alligator species that is endemic to the eastern China, especially in low-elevation and freshwater habitats (e.g. marshes, ponds, lakes, and streams). And just like other alligators, the species have a shorter and broader snout than the crocodile, thus, shaped like a letter U, and the large teeth of the lower jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw, which has no marginal notches.

Compared with American alligators, the Chinese alligators are smaller in size. The adult male American alligators can reach up to 15 ft in length. The adult male Chinese alligators generally reach of up to 5 ft only. Another distinctive feature of Chinese alligators is having a full armor even to their belly. They are also docile crocodilians. They do not pose any serious threat to humans except for wound infliction with their teeth.1


Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Superorder: Crocodylomorpha
  • Order: Crocodilia
  • Family: Alligatoridae
  • Genus: Alligator
  • Species: A. sinensis

Common name(s):

  • Chinese alligator
  • Yangtze alligator

See also:


Reference(s):
1 "Chinese alligator". Aquaticcommunity.com. Retrieved from [[1]].