Caecilia occidentalis Taylor, 1968

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

Caecilia occidentalis Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 413. Holotype: FMNH 189202 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 34 (formerly EHT-HMS 4665, by original designation). Type locality: "near Popayan, Cauca, Colombia".

English Names

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


Known from the vicinity of the towns of Moscopán and Popayán, in Departamento del Cauca, (Pubenza Valley), and Pance, Valle del Cauca (on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Occidental), from 1350–1800 m elevation

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Endemic: Colombia


See brief account by Taylor, 1969, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 48: 785-790. Lynch, 2000 "1999", Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Exact. Fis. Nat., 23: 326, commented on distribution and possible relationships. 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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