Chthonerpeton Peters, 1880

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Typhlonectidae > Genus: Chthonerpeton
9 species

Chthonerpeton Peters, 1880 "1879", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1879: 930. Type species: Siphonops indistinctus Reinhardt and Lütken, 1862 "1861", by monotypy.

English Names

Peters' Caecilians (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 26).


Southern Brazil, Uruguay, and adjacent Argentina; Amazonian Ecuador; presumably in adjacent Paraguay.


Nussbaum, 1986, Rev. Suisse Zool., 93: 371-373, delimited two species groups. Wilkinson and Nussbaum, 2006, In Exbrayat (ed.), Reprod. Biol. Phylog. Gymnophiona: 39-78 [48, 70], diagnosed the taxon, suggested that the monophyly of this taxon remains undocumented, and noted that a number of species remain to be described.

Contained taxa (9 sp.):

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