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Categorización del estado de conservación de los caimanes (yacarés) de la República Argentina

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Cuadernos de Herpetología 26 (Supl. 1): 403-410, 2012 wprado@ambiente.gov.ar

Abstract

After more than a decade from the first Red List of the Herpetofauna of Argentina assessed in 2000, we reclassified the two species of argentine caimans, starting from actual information about their biology, biogeography and ecology and including methodological adjustments. As a result, both species Caiman latirostris and C. yacare were included in the Not Endangered category, based on new records about their geographic distribution and populations densities. The criteria applied to the development of management programs of crocodilians in Argentina has improved the knowledge of both species and made a great and wide contribution to several aspects of their biology. The sustainable use of both species of crocodilians has proved to have a minimum impact on wild populations and has put a new value on the wetlands inhabited by this reptiles.

Key words:

Yacarés; Conservación; Especies amenazadas; Lista Roja; Argentina

Received: Aug. 10, 2011 ▪ Revised: Oct. 24, 2011 ▪ Accepted: Nov. 11, 2011

Associate Editor: M. Vaira
Prado, W.S.; Piña, C.I. & Waller, T. 2012. Categorización del estado de conservación de los caimanes (yacarés) de la República Argentina. Cuadernos de Herpetología 26: 403-410.