Caecilia pachynema Günther, 1859

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Caeciliidae > Genus: Caecilia > Species: Caecilia pachynema

Coecilia pachynema Günther, 1859, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1859: 417. Holotype: BMNH 1946.9.6.83 (formerly 60.6.16.87), according to Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 425. Type locality: "Western Ecuador".

Caecilia pachynemaCope, 1868, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 20: 118; Peters, 1880 "1879", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1879: 935.

Caecilia Buckleyi Boulenger, 1884, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 13: 398. Holotype: BMNH 1946.9.5.15 (formerly 78.1.25.47) (animal figured in original publication), according to Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 425. Type locality: "Intac, Ecuador". Synonymy by Dunn, 1942, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 91: 439-540. Provisional synonymy by Taylor, 1968, Caecilians of the World: 425.

English Names

Intac Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 23).

Buckley's Caecilian (Caecilia buckleyi [no longer recognized]: Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 119). 

Distribution

Pacific drainage systems of western Ecuador, 1500-1800 m elevation; northern Cordillera Centraol of Colombia.

Comment

Lynch, 2000 "1999", Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Exact. Fis. Nat., 23: 327, suggested that the population from Antioquia in Colombia represents a different species than Caecilia pachynema from Ecuador. Taylor and Peters, 1974, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 50: 339-340, commented on the original description and the range. Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 119–120, provided an account and dot map for Ecuador for Caecilia buckleyi and suggested that it is not synonymous with Caecilia pachynema, although evidence has yet to be presented. 

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