Uraeotyphlus malabaricus (Beddome, 1870:175)

Malabar caecilian, Nilgiris caecilian, White-lipped caecilian



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Cecilia malabarica Beddome, 1870:175


Conservation Status


Last record: 1870

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Malabar, India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Beddome, R. H. (1870). Descriptions of new reptiles from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly Journal of Medical Science 2: 169-176.

Other references:

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

Gower, D. J., Kupfer, A., Oommen, O. V., Himstedt, W., Nussbaum, R. A., Loader, S. P., Presswell, B., Müller, H., Krishna, S. B., Boistel, R. and Wilkinson, M. (2002). A molecular phylogeny of ichthyophiid caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Ichthyophiidae): Out of India or out of southeast Asia? Procceedings of the Royal Society B 269: 1563-1569.

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: 1-20.

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.

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

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: 550-562.


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