Origin of gavialfrom Fr, altered from Hindi gha?iy?l
Origin of gavialFrench from Hindi gha&rlowdot;iyāl from Sanskrit gha&nlowdot;&tlowdot;ikah probably from gha&nlowdot;&tlowdot;ā bell (from the bulbous end of its snout)
Technically, extending the definition to family Gavialidae results in including just one other extant species: the false gavial (Tomistoma schlegelii). However, the subfamily Tomistominae is often (perhaps usually) excluded from Gavialidae.
From Hindi घड़ियाल (ghaṛiyāl).
- C. cataphractus is the common crocodile of West Africa, easily recognised by the slender snout which resembles that of the gavial, but the mandibular symphysis does not reach beyond the eighth tooth.
- Alligators are found in most of the rivers, and the gavial is less frequently met with.
- In the beds of the Lower Oolite portions of the skull of a reptile resembling the gavial of the Ganges had been previously discovered, from which a new genus called Steneosaurus has been founded.