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With a total population of less than two hundred and fewer breeding females than ever before , the American crocodile seemed a decade ago to be in danger of disappearing.

A) of less than two hundred and fewer
B) lower than two hundred and less
C) lesser than two hundred and fewer
D) fewer than two hundred and less
E) of fewer than two hundred and of fewer

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A it is.

Less is used appropriately to modify the population stats and fewer to modify countable nouns.

I think,use of lower and lesser is inapp in this case as there is no case to compare the population with another period.
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Another rule of thumb is ,

less is generally used with singulars and fewer with plurals.
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