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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Sauropsida
Order:Crocodilia
Family:Alligatoridae
Genus:Paleosuchus
Species:palpebrosus

Rarely longer than five feet, this widespread South American alligator relative is the smallest species of living crocodilians. In contrast to most other crocodilians, it prefers fast moving streams with relatively cool water. Rare in collections before the 1980s, it is now bred in captivity.