Uraeotyphlus oxyurus (Dumeril & Bibron, 1841:280)

Red caecilian, Dark-brown caecilian, Pale-throated caecilian, Sharp-nosed caecilian, Sharp-tailed caecilian



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Caecilia oxyura Dumeril & Bibron, 1841:280


Conservation Status


Last record: 1841 or before

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Malabar, India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Duméril, A. M. C. and Bibron, G. (1841). Erpétologie Genérale ou Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Volume 8.  Paris: Librarie Enclyclopedique de Roret.

Other references:

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, Oommen V. Oommen, Mark Wilkinson. 2004. Uraeotyphlus oxyurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59658A11965831. . Downloaded on 17 October 2015.

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.

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

Venu, G. and Venkatachalaiah, G. (2013). Chromosomal homology of Uraeotyphlus oxyurus group of species (Amphibia, Gymnophiona, Ichthyophiidae). Comparative Cytogenetics 7(1): 11-23.

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


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