Oedipina cyclocauda Taylor, 1952

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

Oedipina cyclocauda Taylor, 1952, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 34: 764. Holotype: KU 25066, by original designation. Type locality: "Los Diamantes (1 mile south of Guápiles), [Cantón de Pococí, Provincia de Limón,] Costa Rica". Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 90, commented on the type locality.

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

English Names

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


Lowland rainforest to cloud forest (0–1780 m elevation) on the Caribbean slopes of northern Honduras through Nicaragua and eastern Costa Rica to northwestern Panama.


See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 152–153, who noted that the populations from extreme southeastern Costa Rica and adjacent northwestern Panama may represent unnamed species. McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 149–153, provided an account and suggested that Costa Rican and Honduran material of this taxon were not conspecific. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 36, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 82–90, compared this species with others from Central America and provided a map and photograph. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 380, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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