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Crocodylus novaeguineae

Crocodylus novaeguineae (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Reptilia
Subclassis: Diapsida
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Divisio: Archosauria
Subdivisio: Crurotarsi
Superordo: Crocodylomorpha
Ordo: Crocodilia
Subordo: Eusuchia
Familia: Crocodylidae
Subfamilia: Crocodylinae
Genus: Crocodylus
Species: Crocodylus novaeguineae


Crocodylus novaeguineae Schmidt, 1928

Type locality: "Ibundo, lower Sepik River, northern New Guinea"

Holotype: FMNH 13092


* Crocodylus novaeguineae Schmidt, 1928
* Crocodylus novaeguineae — King & Burke, 1989


* Schmidt, Karl P. 1928. "A new crocodile from New Guinea." Zoological Series of Field Museum of Natural History 12 (14): 175-181
* Crocodylus novaeguineae at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 16 August 2009.
* IUCN link: Crocodylus novaeguineae Schmidt, 1928 (Least Concern)
* Crocodylus novaeguineae Schmidt, 1928 Report on ITIS

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Neuguinea-Krokodil
English: New Guinea Crocodile
Polski: Krokodyl nowogwinejski
Português: Crocodilo-da-Nova-Guiné
Suomi: Uudenguineankrokotiili

The New Guinea crocodile (Crocodylus novaeguineae) is a small species of crocodile found on the island of New Guinea.


Crocodylus novaeguineae grows to a length of up to 3.5 m for the males and 2.7 m for the females. The body is grey-brown in colour, with dark brown to black markings on the tail. The snout is pointed and relatively narrow during juvenile stages and becomes wider as the animal matures. It bears a physical similarity to the nearby Philippine crocodile (C. mindorensis) and Siamese crocodile (C. siamensis). C. mindorensis was once held to be a subspecies (C. novaeguineae mindorensis) of the New Guinea crocodile, but is now considered to be separate.


The primarily nocturnal crocodile is to be found in the freshwater swamps and lakes of New Guinea, particular in the interior. Although tolerant of saltwater, it is rarely to be found in brackish coastal waters, and never in the presence of the competing saltwater crocodile (C. porosus). Two populations of C. novaeguineae are known on the island, separated by a mountain range; DNA analysis has revealed these to be genetically separate populations.


* "New Guinea Crocodile". Crocodilians. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/cnhc/csp_cnov.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-15.

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