Caecilia goweri Fernández-Roldán and Lynch, 2021

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Caeciliidae > Genus: Caecilia > Species: Caecilia goweri

Caecilia goweri Fernández-Roldán and Lynch, 2021, Rev. Latinoam. Herpetol., 4: 54. Holotype: MHUA 3241, by original designation. Type locality: "vereda Potreritos, San Antonio del Prado, Medellín, Antioquia, 6° 10′ 55.74″ N, 75° 39′ 49.8″ W, 1800 meters above sea level (m a.s.l.) 

English Names

None noted. 


Known only from the northern Cordillera Central of Colombia in the Altiplano region of Medellín and Yarumal, Antioquia, in the municipalities of Caldas, Carolina del Principe, Marinilla, San Antonio del Prado, San Pedro, San Roque and San Vicente, ranging from 1500–2200 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Endemic: Colombia


Lynch, 2000 "1999", Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Exact. Fis. Nat., 23: 327, suggested that the population of nominal Caecilia pachycnema from Antioquia in Colombia represents a different species (now Caecilia goweri) than Caecilia pachynema from Ecuador. The species' distinctive morphology and coloration was compared to near relatives in the original publication. Fernández-Roldán and Lynch, 2022, Herpetol. Bull., London, 162: 30–31, discussed the history of specimen identification and the range of the species, along with a dot map. 

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