Ichthyophis bannanicus Yang, 1984

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Ichthyophiidae > Genus: Ichthyophis > Species: Ichthyophis bannanicus

Ichthyophis bannanica Yang, 1984, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 3 (2): 73-75. Holotype: KIZ 74001, by original designation. Type locality: "Mengla County, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, altitude 600 m", China.

Ichthyophis bannanicusYe, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 21.

English Names

Mengla County Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 25).

Bannan Caecilian (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 24).

Banna Caecilian (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 10).


Southern and western Yunnan, central and southern Guangdong east to northeastern Guangxi, southern China; montane northern Vietnam; presumably to be found in adjacent northeastern Myanmar and northern Laos.


Closely related to Ichthyophis glutinosus, according to the original publication. See Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 21-23, and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China, for figure, brief account, and distribution map. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 16, provided an account and a record for Guangxi. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 100, commented on the range in Vietnam. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 27. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 10, provided records for Vietnam and (p. 147) a photograph. Gower, Bahir, Mapatuna, Pethiyagoda, Raheem, and Wilkinson, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl., 12: 153-161, suggested on the basis of a DNA sequence study that an unnamed species from southern Thailand is related closely to this species. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 13, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 34-35, provided a brief account and several photographs of this species. Li, Luo, Bei, Meng, and Zhang, 2010, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 35: 494-503, reported on molecular phylogeography within China. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 28–30, provided an account, photographs, and map for China.  Geissler, Poyarkov, Grismer, Nguyen, An, Neang, Kupfer, Ziegler, Böhme, and Müller, 2015, Organisms Divers. Evol., 15: 152, implied via their cytb ML tree that this nominal species may be composed of two lineages. See account by Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 140–145. 

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