Oscaecilia Taylor, 1968

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Caeciliidae > Genus: Oscaecilia
9 species

Oscaecilia Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 598. Type species: Caecilia ochrocephala Cope, 1866, by original designation.

English Names

South American Caecilians (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 24).


Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Amazonian Peru, southeastern Brazil, and Guiyana; possibly into Bolivia. 


Lahanas and Savage, 1992, Copeia, 1992: 703-708, supplied a key to the species. See comment under Caecilia. Wilkinson and Nussbaum, 2006, In Exbrayat (ed.), Reprod. Biol. Phylog. Gymnophiona: 39–78 [67–68], diagnosed the taxon. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583 (see comment in Amphibia record) on the basis of molecular evidence suggested that Oscaecilia is imbedded within a paraphyletic CaeciliaKöhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 34–35, provided a brief summary of natural history, a key to the species of Central America, and range maps and photographs of the species. 

Contained taxa (9 sp.):

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