AmphibiaWeb - Uraeotyphlus narayani


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Uraeotyphlus narayani Seshachar, 1939
Kannan Caecilian
family: Ichthyophiidae
genus: Uraeotyphlus
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Data Deficient (DD)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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Uraeotyphlus narayani adults range from 199 to 237 mm in length. These bicolored caecilians have a dark blue-gray dorsum and a pale, flesh-colored venter. There are 169-178 primary annuli and 77-83 secondary annuli; only the most anterior primaries are not subdivided by secondary annuli.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India

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These caecilians are found in Kannan and Kottayam, Kerala State, India. Details of their habitat are unknown, but they live within the rainforest belt, presumably in moist soil and forest floor litter.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Not much is known about their behavior and diet. The diet presumably consists of earthworms and invertebrates.


Nussbaum, R. A. (2003). ''Kannan caecilian, Uraeotyphlus narayani.'' Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Volume 6, Amphibians. 2nd edition. M. Hutchins, W. E. Duellman, and N. Schlager, eds., Gale Group, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Originally submitted by: Peera Chantasirivisal (first posted 2005-09-27)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-01-03)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Uraeotyphlus narayani: Kannan Caecilian <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 15, 2024.

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