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Ichthyophis kodaguensis
family: Ichthyophiidae
 
Species Description: Wilkinson M, Gower DJ, Govindappa V, Venkatachalaiah G 2007 A new species of Ichthyophis (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Ichthyophidae)from Karanataka, India. Herpetologica 63:511-518.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is so far known with certainty only from Venkidds Valley Estate, about 20 km south of Madikeri (5
Mercara), in Kodagu (5 Coorg) District, southern Karnataka, in the Western Ghats of India, at 1,143m asl (Wilkinson et al., 2007). It is likely to occur more widely, and there is a specimen from an unspecified locality in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka or Kerala (Wilkinson et al., 2007). There are also additional possible records from Karnataka and northern Kerala currently under investigation (D. Gower pers. comm.).

Habitat and Ecology

The type locality is a mixed coffee and areca nut plantation, and the holotype was collected by digging in soil adjacent to a small stream (Wilkinson et al., 2007). Its original habitat is unknown. It is presumably oviparous with terrestrial eggs and aquatic larvae, like other members of its genus.

Population

There is no information on its abundance. It is known from only seven specimens, but several of these were collected in a single day by digging (Wilkinson et al., 2007).

Population Trend

Unknown

Major Threats

Although it can clearly survive in agricultural habitat, more information is needed on its range and ecological requirements of this species before it could be considered unthreatened (Wilkinson et al., 2007).

Conservation Actions

It has not been recorded from any protected areas. Although it can clearly tolerate disturbed habitats, its distribution and biology remain largely unknown and more survey work and research are needed (Wilkinson et al., 2007).

Citation

David Gower, Mark Wilkinson 2008. Ichthyophis kodaguensis. In: IUCN 2014

 

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