Uraeotyphlus oxyurus (Duméril and Bibron, 1841)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Ichthyophiidae > Genus: Uraeotyphlus > Species: Uraeotyphlus oxyurus

Caecilia oxyura Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 8: 280. Syntypes: Presumably MNHNP; MNHNP 4271 (2 specimens) are syntypes according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 4, as is RMNH 2414. Measurement given in original description for just one specimen, presumably one of the MNHNP specimens. MNHNP 4271A designated lectotype by Lescure, 1988, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Sect. A, Zool., 10: 61; this reported as 4271B by Gassó Miracle, van den Hoek Ostende, and Arntzen, 2007, Zootaxa, 1482: 34. Type locality: "Côte du Malabar", India. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 8, noted the imprecision of this type locality.

Uraeotyphlus oxyurusPeters, 1880 "1879", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1879: 933.

English Names

Red Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 26; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 133).

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

Dark-brown Caecilian (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 91).

Pale-throated Caecilian (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 91).

Sharp-tailed Caecilian (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 91).


Tamil Nadu (Anaimalai and Tinnevelly Hills) and Kerala (Cochin, Wynaad, Malabar coast, and Trichur), India.


Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 30, Bhatta, 1998, J. Biosciences, Bangalore, 23: 73–85, and Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 198, provided brief accounts. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 91, provided an account. A brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 190.

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