Gegeneophis seshachari Ravichandran, Gower & Wilkinson, 2003

Seshachari's caecilian



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1967

Rediscovered in 2003

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Dorle Village, Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra State, Western Ghats, India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Ravichandran, M.S., Gower, D.J. and Wilkinson, M. (2003). A new species of Gegeneophis Peters (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) from Maharastra, India. Zootaxa 350: 1-8.


Other references:

Bhave, Siddhesh, Somani, Vaishali U., Giri, Varad and Quadros, Goldin. (2022). Failed predation attempt on Seshachari’s caecilian, Gegeneophis seshachari (Gymnophiona: Grandisoniidae) by a White-throated Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis. Herpetology Notes 15: 463-466.

Gower, D. J., Agarwal, I., Karanth, K. P., Datta‐Roy, A., Giri, V. B., Wilkinson, M. and San Mauro, D. (2016). The role of wet‐zone fragmentation in shaping biodiversity patterns in peninsular India: insights from the caecilian amphibian Gegeneophis. Journal of Biogeography 43(6): 1091-1102.

Gower, David J., Giri, V., Dharne, M. S. and Shouche, Y. S. (2008). Frequency of independent origins of viviparity among caecilians (Gymnophiona): evidence from the first ‘live-bearing’ Asian amphibian. J. Evol. Biol. 21: 1220-1226.

Gower, David J., Giri, V. and Wilkinson, M. (2006). Rediscovery of Gegeneophis seshachari Ravichandran, Gower & Wilkinson, 2003 at the type locality. Herpetozoa 19(3-4): 121-127.

Gower, David and Wilkinson, Mark. (2004). Gegeneophis seshachari. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. ( Downloaded on 03 March 2014.

Gower, David and Wilkinson, Mark. (2004). Gegeneophis seshachari. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59554A11962858. Accessed on 09 November 2022.

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

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]


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