A species of Indian caeciliid caecilian, Gegeneophis danieli (Amphibia: Gymnophiona), is described from a single specimen from the Western Ghats of southern Maharashtra. A Gegeneophis differing from all other species of the genus in having many more secondary annuli (> 50) that are strongly edged in white and present on both the anterior and posterior halves of the body. All other Gegeneophis have annuli that are less clearly marked without strong whitish edges, and they have fewer than 50 secondary annuli, restricted to the posterior part of the body.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India
Type locality - Approximately 3 km East of Amboli, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra, India. The specimen was found under a rock in an open patch of grassland within semievergreen forest. The locality is situated in the northern Western Ghats at approximately 850 m above sea level.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
No information is available
This is a recently described species and more study is needed to ascertain the status
This species is described by Giri, Wilkinson and Gower (Giri et al 2003).
Varad, G., Wilkinson, M., and Gower, D.J. (2003). ''A new species of Gegeneophis Peters (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) from southern Maharashtra, India, with a key to the species of the genus.'' Zootaxa, 351, 1-10.
Written by Varad B. Giri (varadgiri AT rediffmail.com), Research Assistant, Herpetology Section
First submitted 2004-12-31
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2005-02-23)
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