Ichthyophis orthoplicatus Taylor, 1965

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

Ichthyophis orthoplicatus Taylor, 1965, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 46: 290. Holotype: ZSIC 17010, by original designation. Type locality: "Pattipola, Central Province, Ceylon [=Sri Lanka]".

Ichthyophis taprobanicensis Taylor, 1969, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 48: 290. Holotype: AMNH 64515, by original designation. Type locality: "Ohiya Area, Ceylon, 5500 ft. elev." Synonymy by Nussbaum and Gans, 1983 "1980", Spolia Zeylan., 35: 144.

English Names

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

Distribution

Mountains of south-central Sri Lanka up to 1890 m elevation.

Comment

Taylor, 1969, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 48: 292, presumed that this was a lowland species. See accounts by Nussbaum and Gans, 1983 "1980", Spolia Zeylan., 35: 137-154; Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 20; and Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 24. Gower, Bahir, Mapatuna, Pethiyagoda, Raheem, and Wilkinson, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl., 12, reported an unnamed, closely related species, also from Sri Lanka, recognition based on a DNA sequence study. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 608.

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