Dermophis oaxacae (Mertens, 1930)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Dermophiidae > Genus: Dermophis > Species: Dermophis oaxacae

Gymnopis multiplicata oaxacae Mertens, 1930 "1929", Abh. Ber. Mus. Nat. Heimatkd. Magdeburg, 6: 153. Holotype: SMF 22120, by original designation and according to Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 37. Type locality: "Cafetal Concordia, 600 m Höhe (zwischen Puerto Angel und Salina Cruz), Staat Oaxaca, Mexiko".

Gymnopis multiplicata oaxacaeDunn, 1942, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 91: 468.

Dermophis multiplicatus oaxacaeAlvarez and Martín, 1967, Acta Zool. Mexicana, 9: 1–4.

Dermophis oaxacaeTaylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 494.

Gymnophis oaxacae — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 407.  

English Names

Oaxacan Caecilian (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 13; Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 8; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 23; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 6).


Pacific coast and tropical mesic elevations in the Balsas Depression of Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, Mexico.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Erwin, 1973, HISS News J., 1: 98, provided the first record for Jalisco. Reviewed by Wake, 1998, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 661: 1–2. See also taxonomic discussion of Savage and Wake, 2001, Copeia, 2001: 52–64. Reyes-Velasco, Burkhardt, and Jones, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 480, provided a second record from Michoacán and provided a brief statement of the known records in southwestern Mexico.

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