Ichthyophis garoensis Pillai and Ravichandran, 1999

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

Ichthyophis garoensis Pillai and Ravichandran, 1999, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 172: 28. Holotype: ZSI-S 18458, by original designation; now amalgamated into ZSIC. Type locality: "Anogiri Lake, Garo Hills, Meghalaya", India.

Ichthyophis husaini Pillai and Ravichandran, 1999, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 172: 36. Holotype: ZSIS 18426, by original designation. Type locality: "Thebronggiri Coffee Garden, Rongram, Garo Hills, Meghalaya", India. Synonymy by Kamei and Biju, 2016, Zootaxa, 4079: 140. 

English Names

Garo Hills Caecilian (Ahmed, Das, and Dutta, 2009, Amph. Rept. NE India: 53; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 129).

Husain's Caecilian (Ichthyophis husaini [no longer recognized]: Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 129; Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 131).

Distribution

Garo Hills, Meghalaya, to Assam, India.

Comment

Choudhury, Hussain, Buruah, Saikia, and Sengupta, 2002, Hamadryad, 26: 279-280, commented on the range in Assam, India. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 206–207, provided  brief accounts as both Ichthyophis garoensis and Ichthyophis husaini. Ravichandran, 2004, Hamadryad, 28: 98-104, summarized range. Ahmed, Das, and Dutta, 2009, Amph. Rept. NE India: 53, provided a brief account. Kamei, Wilkinson, Gower, and Biju, 2009, Zootaxa, 2267: 26-42, did not map Assam as part of the range. Mathew and Sen, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 309: 16-17, reported on additional specimens. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 128-130, provided a brief characterization and photograph. Dutta, 2003 "2002", Hamadryad, 27: 157, noted records from Assam and appeared to doubt the distinctiveness of Ichthophis husaini from Ichthyophis sikkimensis. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 131-132, provided a brief characterization and photograph as Ichthophis husaini. Kamei and Biju, 2016, Zootaxa, 4079: 140–150, examined and discussed the holotypes of Ichtyophis husaini and Ichthyophis garoensis and made the synonymy. 

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