Sulawesi Lake Crocodile

Undescribed CROCODILIAN of Southeast Asia. Habitat: Freshwater lakes. Distribution: Sulawesi, Indonesia. Possible explanations:

(1) A remnant population of the Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis), which was formerly found in lakes on Java, Sumatra, and Kalimantan.

(2) An existing population of False gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii), a narrow-snouted crocodilian that is found in peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Kalimantan.

(3) A surviving Pleistocene crocodile known from fossils in the southwest of the island. Sources: Karl P. Schmidt, "A New Crocodile from the Philippine Islands," Zoological Series ofthe Field Museum ofNatural History 20, no. 8 (1935): 67-70; D. A. Hooijer, "Crocodilian Remains from the Pleistocene of Celebes," Copeia 1954, no. 4, pp. 263-266.

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