Geotrypetes seraphini
Gaboon caecilian
family: Dermophiidae

© 2014 Brian Freiermuth (1 of 10)

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from eastern Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to Cameroon, Gabon and western Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also known from Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea). There do not appear to be records from Congo and the Cabinda Enclave of Angola, but it is likely to occur in these countries. The eastern limit of its distribution is unknown, and it could extend further east.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of lowland forest, living mainly underground. It also lives in heavily degraded habitats, including in villages, and close to rice fields. It is viviparous, giving birth to young on land, and is not dependent upon water for breeding.


It is likely to be common in at least some parts of its range. It was recorded as rare at Mount Nlonako.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is clearly adaptable to habitat modification, and so is unlikely to be very seriously threatened. It occasionally appears in the international pet trade, but this is unlikely to constitute a threat.

Conservation Actions

It presumably occurs in many protected areas, and has definitely been recorded from Taï National Park and Haute Dodo Classified Forest in Côte d'Ivoire, Korup National Park in Cameroon, and Monte Alen National Park in Equatorial Guinea.

Taxonomic Notes

The taxonomy of this genus is in need of revision.


Simon Loader, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Geotrypetes seraphini. In: IUCN 2014


IUCN Terms of Use