Microcaecilia rabei (Roze and Solano, 1963)

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

Gymnopis rabei Roze and Solano, 1963, Acta Biol. Venezuelica, 3: 290. Holotype: MBUCV 5126, by original designation. Type locality: "Al pie del Cerro Lema, Río Chicanán, Bolivar, Venezuela".

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

English Names

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


States of Bolívar and Delta Amacuro, eastern Venezuela, and Suriname; presumably in intervening Guyana and adjacent Brazil.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Suriname, Venezuela


Suriname specimens reported on by Nussbaum and Hoogmoed, 1979, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 54: 225. Maciel and Hoogmoed, 2011, Bol. Mus. Parense Emilio Goeldi, Cienc. Nat., 6:71, provided a spot map of the range. See account for Suriname population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 324-325. Señaris, Lampo, Rojas-Runjaic, and Barrio-Amorós, 2014, Guía Ilust. Anf. Parque Nac. Canaima: 244–245, provided a photograph and a brief account for the Parque Nacional de Canaima, Venezuela. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 133, for comments on range and literature. Señaris and Rojas-Runjaic, 2020, in Rull and Carnaval (eds.), Neotrop. Divers. Patterns Process.: 571–632, commented on range and conservation status in the Venezuelan Guayana.   

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