Oedipina parvipes (Peters, 1879)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Oedipina > Species: Oedipina parvipes

Spelerpes (Oedipus) parvipes Peters, 1879, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1879: 778. Holotype: ZMB 9518, according to Brame and Wake, 1963, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 69: 9. Type locality: "Laceres [= Cáceres] am Cauca, einem Nebenfluss des Magdalenstroms in der Provinz Antioquia (Neu Granada)", Colombia.

Oedipus parvipesDunn, 1924, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 12: 99.

Oedipina parvipesTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 226.

Oedipina (Oedopinola) parvipesGarcía-París and Wake, 2000, Copeia, 2000: 60.

English Names

Colombian Worm Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32).


Central Panama on the Atlantic and Pacific lowlands extending into Chocó region and lower Cauca Valley in Antioquia, Colombia, below 700 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Panama


See account by Brame and Wake, 1963, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 69: 9. Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 149, excluded previous records from Panama and Costa Rica as applying to other species. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 285-286, provided a brief account and map. Mueses-Cisneros and Moreno-Quintero, 2012, Herpetotropicos, Mérida, 7: 39-54, provided the first record for Nariño, southwestern Colombia. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 82–90, compared this species with others from Central America and provided a map and photograph, suggesting that he regards the species as extending to Costa Rica, even though Savage (2002) doubted the identification of those records and the species cannot be morphologically distinguished from Oedipina uniformisRaffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 856–857, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

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