Gegeneophis carnosus (Beddome, 1870)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Grandisoniidae > Genus: Gegeneophis > Species: Gegeneophis carnosus

Epicrium carnosum Beddome, 1870, Madras Month. J. Med. Sci., 2: 176. Syntypes: Not stated; BMNH 1946.9.5.64–65 (formerly 1874.4.29.453–454), according to Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 733. Type locality: "Periah Peak, Wynaad, [Kerala,] at an elevation of about 5,000 feet; under stones", India.

Gegenes carnosusGünther, 1876 "1875", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1875: 577.

Gegeneophis carnosusPeters, 1880 "1879", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1879: 932.

Gegenophis carnosusBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Grad. Batr. Apoda Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 101.

English Names

Periah Peak Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 23; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 124).

Blind Caecilian (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67).

Pink Blind Caecilian (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 93).

Periah Peak Blind Caecilian (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 15).


Peninsular India in Karnataka (Kotegehar, Maliege Range), Kerala from Kallar at the foot of the Ponmudi Hills; Tenmalai and Trivandrum at sea level.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


See brief accounts by Daniel, 1963, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 60: 427–428, Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1984, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 407, Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 31, Bhatta, 1998, J. Biosciences, Bangalore, 23: 73–85, and Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 184, provided accounts. Malathesh, Gundappa, Ravichandra-Reddy, and Shakuntala, 2002, Zoos' Print J., 17, provided a redescription and discussion of habitat. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 93–94, provided an account. Bhatta, Dinesh, Prashanth, Kulkarni, and Radhakrishnan, 2010, J. Threatened Taxa, 2: 1105–1108, provided a dot-map of the species. A brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 166. Palakkool, Gower, and Kotharambath, 2022, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 72: 561–576, reported on osteology. 

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