Siphonops paulensis
family: Siphonopidae

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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay

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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 is found in eastern, central, western and southern Brazil, northern Argentina (only in southern Misiones and northeastern Corrientes), northeastern Paraguay and southeastern Bolivia. It might be present in southern Tarija, Bolivia and adjacent Salta, Argentina and this requires further investigation. It is found at elevations of 0-450m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a subterranean species living in forest, savannahs, shrublands and grassland. It adapts well to anthropogenic disturbance, and has even been found in urban gardens. It is oviparous with terrestrial eggs and direct development, and not dependent on water for breeding.


It is known to be common in parts of Brazil, but there are few records from Paraguay and Argentina (where it has not been collected since 1993).

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no known threats to this adaptable species.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas.

Taxonomic Notes

This is a poorly circumscribed species in need of taxonomic review (M. Wilkinson pers. comm.). It is unclear that all populations are conspecific.


Lucy Aquino, Steffen Reichle, Guarino Colli, Norman Scott, Julian Faivovich, Mark Wilkinson, John Measey 2004. Siphonops paulensis. In: IUCN 2014


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