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American alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Order Information
Order Crocodilia
Family Information
Family Alligatoridae
Genus Information
Genus Alligator
Species Information
Species A. mississippiensis
A. sinensis
Population statistics

Alligator refers to two species of crocodilian of the family Alligatoridae, and native to southeastern North America and eastern China.


  • American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis; southern United States, from southern Missouri eastward to Atlantic coastline, southward to Gulf of Mexico from south-central Texas to Florida Keys.[1]
  • Chinese alligator, Alligator sinensis; China: lower Yangtze River within the provinces of Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.[2]