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tomistoma, false gharial, false gavial
up to 5 m (16 ft)
primarily fish, though other small vertebrates may supplement
approximately 3 months
Indonesia, Malaysia, possibily Vietnam and Thailand
freshwater lakes, rivers, and estuaries
Tomistomas belong to the crocodilian order which also includes alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials.
Tomistomas have between 76 and 84 teeth.
The tomistoma name is derived from the Greek words
(meaning "sharp") and
Like all crocodilians, the gender of their hatchlings is determined by temperature. Warmer temperatures produce males and cooler temperatures produce females.
Tomistoma eggs are relatively large in size. Each elliptical egg measures around 70x100 mm (3x4 in) and is more than triple the weight of a chicken egg.
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Tomistomas are an endangered species due to habitat loss and accidental entrapment in fishing nets. As a top predator in their environment, their presence or absence significantly effects prey populations.
Crocodiles and Alligators of the World
. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1998.