Oedipina gracilis Taylor, 1952

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

Oedipina gracilis Taylor, 1952, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 34: 773. Holotype: KU 29969, by original designation. Type locality: "Los Diamantes, one 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) gracilisGarcía-París and Wake, 2000, Copeia, 2000: 60.

English Names

Gracile Worm Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 869).


Humid Atlantic lowlands of Costa Rica and extreme northwestern Panama, 3–710 m elevation; expected in extreme southeastern Nicaragua. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Costa Rica, Panama

Likely/Controversially Present: Nicaragua


Removed from the synonymy of Oedipina uniformis by Good and Wake, 1997, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 45: 1185-1208, where it had been placed by Brame, 1968, J. Herpetol., 2: 34. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 153. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 580. 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.: 382, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. McCranie, Sunyer, and Martínez-Fonseca, 2019, Rev. Nicaraguense Biodiversidad, 52: 24, suggested the species would be found in extreme southeastern Nicaragua.

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