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phylum Chordata The gharial is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae that is native to the Indian subcontinent and also called gavial and fish-eating crocodile. As the species has undergone both chronic long term and a rapid short-term declines it is listed as a Critically Endangered by IUCN.

The gharial is characterised by its extremely long, thin jaws, regarded as an adaptation to a predominantly fish diet. Males reach up to 6 m (20 ft) with an average weight of around 160 kg (350 lb). For more information, visit the Wikipedia entry.

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clade Diapsida
clade Crocodylomorpha
order Crocodilia
family Gavialidae
genus Gavialis
species G. gangeticus