Schistometopum gregorii (Boulenger, 1895)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Dermophiidae > Genus: Schistometopum > Species: Schistometopum gregorii

Dermophis gregorii Boulenger, 1895 "1894", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1894: 646. Holotype: BMNH 1946.9.5.53 (formerly 1893.11.21.89), according to Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 674. Type locality: "Ngatana, [Tana River,] E. Africa", Kenya.

Bdellophis unicolor Boettger, 1913, in Voeltzkow (ed.), Reise Ost-Afr., 3(4): 353. Types: Including SMF 2105, according to Mertens, 1922, Senckenb. Biol., 4: 163; SMF 28 considered holotype by Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 37. Type locality: Peccatoni-See, Wituland [Kenya]. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1936, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 79: 371.

Schistometopum gregoriiParker, 1941, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 11, 7: 17.

English Names

Witu Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 24).

Mud-dwelling Caecilian (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 15).

Flood-plain-dwelling Caecilian (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 348).

Floodplain Caecilian (Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 53).

Gregory's Caecilian (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 32).


Tana River area of coastal Kenya; Bagamoyo, south of the Rufiji River, coastal Tanzania.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Kenya, Tanzania


See account by Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 348–349. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 308–309, provided a brief account and photograph. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 53, provided a photograph, range map, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 32–33, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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