Uraeotyphlus malabaricus (Beddome, 1870)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Ichthyophiidae > Genus: Uraeotyphlus > Species: Uraeotyphlus malabaricus

Cecilia malabarica Beddome, 1870, Madras Month. J. Med. Sci., 2: 175. Holotype: Not stated; BMNH 1946.9.5.16 (formerly 1874.4.29.181), according to Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 697. Type locality: "Malabar", India. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 8, noted the imprecision of this type locality.

Uraeotyphlus malabaricusPeters, 1880 "1879", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1879: 933.

English Names

Malabar Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 26; Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 132).

Nilgiris Caecilian (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 89).

White-lipped Caecilian (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 89).


Western Ghats of Kerala (Malabar) and Tamil Nadu (Nilgiris).


Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 29, Bhatta, 1998, J. Biosciences, Bangalore, 23: 73–85, and Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 197, provided brief accounts. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 89–90, provided an account. In the Uraeotyphlus malabaricus group of Gower and Wilkinson, 2007, Herpetologica, 63: 401–410. A brief characterization and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 186. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature.

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