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The scute pattern present on the anterior part of the dorsal shield, and in the cervical shield, shows that the crocodile shown above is indeed a Slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus), not a False gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii). Photo by Thesupermat, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license. Diagrams of scute patterns from Ross & Mayer (1983).

The scute pattern present on the anterior part of the dorsal shield, and in the cervical shield, shows that the crocodile shown above is indeed a Slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus), not a False gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii). Photo by Thesupermat, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license. Diagrams of scute patterns from Ross & Mayer (1983).

Bipedal croc! This image - taken in Bazoule, Burkina Faso - is labelled 'sacred crocodile', so might depict C. suchus. Image by Marco Schmidt, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Bipedal croc! This image - taken in Bazoule, Burkina Faso - is labelled 'sacred crocodile', so might depict C. suchus. Image by Marco Schmidt, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Tracing of an x-rayed Osteolaemus, from Ross & Mayer (1983). The dorsal shield stops above the shoulders and two pairs of relatively enormous scutes are located over the neck. Relevant for the neck wars: note that the neck is inclined upwards relative to the dorsal vertebral column. This is normal for alert crocs: the neck does not continue in a straight line from the dorsal part of the vertebral column.

Tracing of an x-rayed Osteolaemus, from Ross & Mayer (1983). The dorsal shield stops above the shoulders and two pairs of relatively enormous scutes are located over the neck. Relevant for the neck wars: note that the neck is inclined upwards relative to the dorsal vertebral column. This is normal for alert crocs: the neck does not continue in a straight line from the dorsal part of the vertebral column.

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Abbreviations (also found in 3D PDF): mAMEM, m. adductor mandibulae externus medialis; mAMEP, m. adductor mandibulae externus profundus; mAMES, m. adductor mandibulae externus superficialis; m. adductor mandibulae posterior; mDM, m. depressor mandibulae; mIRA, m. intramandibularis; mPSTp, m. pseudotemporalis profunduis; mPSTs, m. pseudotemporalis superificialis; mPTd, m. pterygoideus dorsalis; mPTv, m. pterygoideus ventralis; mAMP.

Abbreviations (also found in 3D PDF): mAMEM, m. adductor mandibulae externus medialis; mAMEP, m. adductor mandibulae externus profundus; mAMES, m. adductor mandibulae externus superficialis; m. adductor mandibulae posterior; mDM, m. depressor mandibulae; mIRA, m. intramandibularis; mPSTp, m. pseudotemporalis profunduis; mPSTs, m. pseudotemporalis superificialis; mPTd, m. pterygoideus dorsalis; mPTv, m. pterygoideus ventralis; mAMP.

Siamese Crocodile Dorsal Scute Pattern

Siamese Crocodile Dorsal Scute Pattern

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