Caiman crocodilus   (Linnaeus, 1758)

spectacled caiman

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Reptilia | Crocodilia | Alligatoridae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Others; freshwater; brackish; depth range 0 - 2 m (Ref. 80914).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Atlantic and Eastern Central Pacific.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in mangroves (Ref. 83945). In terms of frequency and bulk food items of this species are in this order: fish, snails, crabs and insects, with fish being the most important food item. Caimans wait for fish to be within snapping distance, using ambush rather than pursuit. They lay motionless in the shallows or on the bottom of ponds and lakes or floating on the surface with either their eyes and nostrils showing or their head completely under water (Ref. 80914).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Bisby, F.A., M.A. Ruggiero, K.L. Wilson, M. Cachuela-Palacio, S.W. Kimani, Y.R. Roskov, A. Soulier-Perkins and J. van Hertum. 2005. (Ref. 19)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(fisheries: production) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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Mass conversion

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown