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- n. See gavial.
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- n. gavial
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See gharrial.
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Like the south Pacific mekosuchines, the Murua gharial was again fairly small, at 2-3 m long.
In the water itself are some unusual fish-eating crocodiles, called gharial, playful smooth-coated otters, and if you're lucky, you may see Gangetic dolphin, a freshwater mammal that chomps on fish and crustaceans.
Dr Emily Rayfield at the University of Bristol used computer modelling techniques – more commonly used to discover how a car bonnet buckles during a crash – to show that while Baryonyx was eating, its skull bent and stretched in the same way as the skull of the Indian fish-eating gharial – a crocodile with long, narrow jaws.
Padampur Panchayat, located immediately to the south of the Rapti River, is a heavily populated area as well as providing some of the last remaining habitat for tiger, rhinoceros, and gharial.
Chitwan supports the world's second largest population of Indian rhinoceros and is also an important refuge for tiger and gharial.
Other notable reptiles are mugger Crocodylus palustris (V) (declining from at least 200 in 1978 to 70 in 1986/1988), gharial Gavialis gangeticus (E), Indian starred tortoise Geochelone elongata and monitor lizards Varanus spp.
T.M. Maskey has studied the survival and dispersal of gharial released in the Narayani River.
Reintroduction of gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) in Nepal.
The Aberdeen University Expedition to Nepal in 1980 surveyed fish resources in the Narayani River system with respect to the endangered gharial population.
A gharial breeding centre, funded by Frankfurt Zoological Society, was established at Kasara Durbar in 1977.
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