Microcaecilia albiceps (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Siphonopidae > Genus: Microcaecilia > Species: Microcaecilia albiceps

Dermophis albiceps Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Grad. Batr. Apoda Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 98. Holotype: BMNH 1946.9.5.32 (formerly 1880.12.5.147) according to Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 533. Type locality: "Ecuador"m although Taylor opined that it came from eastern Ecuador.

Microcaecilia albicepsTaylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 532.

English Names

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


Amazonian slopes the Cordillera Oriental of Ecuador and Colombia (Caquetá), to Loreto, Peru (see comment).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru


Lynch, 2000 "1999", Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Exact. Fis. Nat., 23: 330, commented on distribution. Taylor and Peters, 1974, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 50: 338, commented on the Ecuadorian range. Duellman, 1978, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 65: 79–80, provided a brief account for Amazonian Ecuador.  López-Rojas and Graham, 2015, Herpetol. Notes, 8: 55–57, reported specimens of Microcaecilia sp., possibly of this species from the Reserva Florestal Santa Cruz, Loreto, Amazonian Peru. Metcalf, Marsh, Torres Pacaya, Graham, and Gunnels, 2020, Herpetol. Notes, 13: 753–767, reported the species from the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, northeastern Peru., presumably the same record as previously reported as Microcaecilia sp. by López-Rojas and Graham, 2015. 

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