Geographic distribution and conservation status of Caiman latirostris (Crocodylia, Alligatoridae) in Uruguay

  • Claudio Borteiro Intendencia Municipal de Treinta y Tres; Secretaría de Medio Ambiente
  • Carlos Prigioni Intendencia Municipal de Treinta y Tres; Secretaría de Medio Ambiente
  • José Eduardo García Intendencia Municipal de Treinta y Tres; Secretaría de Medio Ambiente
  • Marcelo Tedros Intendencia Municipal de Treinta y Tres; Secretaría de Medio Ambiente
  • Francisco Gutiérrez Intendencia Municipal de Treinta y Tres; Secretaría de Medio Ambiente
  • Francisco Kolenc Universidad Católica
Keywords: Crocodylia, Alligatoridae, Caiman latirostris, Broad-snouted Caiman, distribution, conservation status, Uruguay

Abstract

Populations of Caiman latirostris are known to occur in Uruguay but their geographic distribution remains uncertain. This work presents an update of the species distribution and conservation status in Uruguay. Surveys conducted by the authors confirmed the presence of this species in the previously known distribution range of northwestern Uruguay, where it seems to be widespread and relatively abundant in contrast to earlier reports. We report new localities for C. latirostris, most relevant being those of the Cebollatí and Tacuarí Rivers, and the Pelotas, India Muerta and San Miguel stream basins, which significantly expand its distribution through important wetlands in the eastern part of the country. The overall distribution is coincident with different landscape types, where lagoons, artificial impoundments, livestock waterholes, rivers, streams, creeks and marshes are inhabited by caiman. Illegal non-commercial hunting was detected all over the country.

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Published
2006-12-01
How to Cite
Borteiro, C., Prigioni, C., García, J., Tedros, M., Gutiérrez, F., & Kolenc, F. (2006). Geographic distribution and conservation status of Caiman latirostris (Crocodylia, Alligatoridae) in Uruguay. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 5(2), 97-108. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v5i2p97-108
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