Caecilia guntheri Dunn, 1942

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

Caecilia güntheri Peters, 1880 "1879", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1879: 936. Nomen nudum.

Caecilia guentheriBoulenger, 1895, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1895: 406. Incorrect subsequent spelling of a nomen nudum.

Caecilia guntheri Dunn, 1942, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 91: 510. Holotype: BMNH 1946.9.5.12 (formerly 1860.6.16.85), according to Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 397. Type locality: "Western Ecuador".

English Names

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

Günther's Caecilian (Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 120). 


Western slope of the Cordillera Occidental in northwestern Ecuador and western Colombia (including Isla Gorgona), 280 to 1702 m elevation, to Cerro Pirre, Darién Province, southeastern Panama.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador, Panama


See Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 395-398, for discussion of nomenclature. Lynch, 2000 "1999", Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Exact. Fis. Nat., 23: 325, discussed the range and suggested the possibility of conspecificity with Caecilian tentaculataArteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 120–122, provided an account and dot map for Ecuador. See map provided by Acosta-Galvis, Torres, and Pulido-Santacruz, 2019, ZooKeys, 884: 138. Elizondo-Lara, 2021, Check List, 17: 649–653, provided a record from Cerro Pirre, Pinogana District, Darién Province, southeastern Panama near the Colombia border.  Fernández-Roldán and Lynch, 2023, Zootaxa, 5270: 204–205, provided records from Isla Gorgona, Cauca, Colombia. 

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