Caecilia gracilis Shaw, 1802

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

Caecilia gracilis Shaw, 1802, Gen. Zool., 3(1): 597. Type(s): Mus. Adolphi Friderici? See comments by Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 386 Type locality: "South America".

Caecilia lumbricoïdaea Daudin, 1803 "An. XI", Hist. Nat. Gen. Part. Rept., 7: 420. Holotype: MNHNP 4264, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 4. Type locality: "Surinam". Synonymy by Merrem, 1820, Tent. Syst. Amph.: 168 (with Caecilia gracilis considered junior); Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 275; Gray, 1850, Cat. Spec. Amph. Coll. Brit. Mus., Batr. Grad.: 57; Boulenger, 1895, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1895: 407. See Vanzolini and Myers, 2015, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 395: 69–70, for comments on Wied's specimen. 

Caecilia lumbricoidesMerrem, 1820, Tent. Syst. Amph.: 168. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Caecilia vermiformis Shaw In Gray, 1850, Cat. Spec. Amph. Coll. Brit. Mus., Batr. Grad.: 57. Substitute name presented as a junior synonym of Caecilia gracilis.

Caecilia gracilis var. lumbricoideaDuméril, 1863, Mem. Soc. Imp. Sci. Nat. Cherbourg, 9: 313.

Coecilia lumbricoidaeaFitzinger, 1864, Bilder Altas Wissenschaftl. Naturgesch. Amph.: pl. 100, fig. 185.

English Names

Wormlike Caecilia (Caecilia lumbricoidea [no longer recognized]: Gray, 1831, in Cuvier, Animal Kingdom (Griffith), 9—Appendix: 110).

Slender Caecilian (Wood, 1863, Illust. Nat. Hist., 3: 187).

Surinam Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 23).


Suriname, French Guiana, Amazonian Peru, and Amazonian and Guyanan Brazil (states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Pará, Rondônia and Tocantins); presumably into adjacent southeastern Colombia and Guyana.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname

Likely/Controversially Present: Colombia, Guyana


Reviewed by Nussbaum and Hoogmoed, 1979, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 54: 222–223. See Taylor, 1969, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 48: 281–296, for corrigenda of errors. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 290–291, provided a photo and brief account for French Guiana. Maciel, Gomes, Costa, and Andrade, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 104, provided the record for Maranhão, Brazil. Maciel and Hoogmoed, 2011, Zootaxa, 2984: 6–10, provided a detailed account and a spot map. See account for Surinam population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 320–321.

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