Uraeotyphlus narayani Seshachar, 1939

Narayan’s caecilian, Kannan caecilian


Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1939 or before

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Kerala, India












Original scientific description:

Seshachar, B. R. (1939). On a new species of Uraeotyphlus from South India. Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences. Section B 9: 224-228.

Other references:

Bhatta, G. 1997. Caecilian diversity of the Western Ghats: In search of the rare animals. Current Science [1997]: 183-187.

Bhatta, G. (1998). A field guide to the caecilians of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Biosciences 23(1): 73-85.

Chanda, S.K. 2002. Handbook - Indian Amphibians. Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata.

Dutta, S.K. 1997. Amphibians of India and Sri Lanka. Odyssey Publishing House, Bhubaneswar.

Sushil Dutta, Gopalakrishna Bhatta, David Gower, Mark Wilkinson, Oommen V. Oommen. (2004). Uraeotyphlus narayani. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 17 February 2013.

Gower, D.J. and Wilkinson, M. 2005. Conservation biology of caecilian amphibians. Conservation Biology 19(1): 45-55.

Gower, D.J. and Wilkinson, M. 2007. Species groups in the Indian caecilian genus Uraeotyphlus Peters (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Uraeotyphlidae), with the description of a new species. Herpetologica 63: 401-410.

Nussbaum, R.A. 1979. The taxonomic status of the caecilian genus Uraeotyphlus Peters. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan [1979]: 1-20.

Nussbaum, R. A. (2003). ''Kannan caecilian, Uraeotyphlus narayani.'' Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Volume 6, Amphibians. 2nd edition. M. Hutchins, W. E. Duellman, and N. Schlager, eds., Gale Group, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Pillai, R.S. and Ravichandran, M.S. 1999. Gymnophiona (Amphibia) of India - A taxonomic study. Records of the Zoological Survey of India (Occ. Paper) 172: 1-117.

Taylor, E.H. 1968. The Caecilians of the World. A Taxonomic Review. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.

Wilkinson, M. and Nussbaum, R.A. 1992. On the phylogenetic position of the Uraeotyphlidae (Amphibia: Gymnophiona). Copeia [1992]: 550-562.


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