Ichthyophis kohtaoensis Taylor, 1960

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

Ichthyophis kohtaoensis Taylor, 1960, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 40: 110. Holotype: USNM 72293, by original designation. Type locality: "Koh Tao Island, west side, Gulf of Siam", Thailand.

Ichthyophis kotaoensisCochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 3. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

Koa Tao Island Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 25).

Yellow-striped Caecilian (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 16).

Koh Tao Snake Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 51).

Common Caecilian (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 51).

Koh Tao Caecilian (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 74).


Koh Tao I. and mainland peninsular Thailand; Champasak Province, Laos, and eastern Cambodia (see comment).


See account by Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 592-595. Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 51, provided a brief account and photo, and suggested that the species is found throughout Thailand, reporting them from Bangkok, Nakhon Nayok Province, and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 74-75, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Teynié, David, Ohler, and Luanglath, 2004, Hamadryad, 29: 37, provided a record for "Ichthyophis cf. kohtaoensis" and comments for Laos. Stuart, Sok, and Neang, 2006, Raffles Bull. Zool., 54: 143-144, provided a record for eastern Cambodia. Nishikawa, Matsui, Yong, Ahmad, Yambun Imbun, Belabut, Sudin, Hamidy, Orlov, Ota, Yoshikawa, Tominaga, and Shimada, 2012, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 63: 714-723, commented on the distinctiveness of this lineage (as Ichthyophis cf. kohtaoensis) from other members of this clade (e.g., their Ichthyophis cf. supachaii, Ichthyophis cf. hypocyaneus, and Ichthyophis unnamed species 1).

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