Atretochoana eiselti (Taylor, 1968)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Typhlonectidae > Genus: Atretochoana > Species: Atretochoana eiselti

Typhlonectes eiselti Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 244. Holotype: NHMW 9144, by original designation. Type locality: "South America".

Atretochoana eiseltiNussbaum and Wilkinson, 1995, Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. B, Biol. Sci., 261: 331-335.

English Names

Eiselt's Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 26).

Atretochoan of Eistelt (Méral, 2009, Common Names in Three Languages: 13).


Known from warm turbid waters in two widely separated areas in Brazil: 1) the Baia de Marajó, near the mouth of the Amazon River in the state of Belem, and 2) Cachoeira Santo Antônio) near the border between Brazil and Bolivia in the Madeira river, in the state of Rondônia, near the border with Bolivia; expected to have a much wider range, likely into Bolivia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Likely/Controversially Present: Bolivia

Endemic: Brazil


Wilkinson and Nussbaum, 2006, In Exbrayat (ed.), Reprod. Biol. Phylog. Gymnophiona: 69-70, diagnosed the taxon and briefly discussed its provenance. Hoogmoed, Maciel, and Coragem, 2012 "2011", Bol. Mus. Parense Emilio Goeldi, Cienc. Nat., 6: 241-262, noted four recently collected specimens and provided a wealth of information.

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