This caecilian occurs in northern India (in the states of Sikkim and West Bengal), and also in extreme eastern Nepal in Dabugaun, in Ilam District. It has been recorded at altitudes of 1,000-1,550m asl. Reports from the Western Ghats in southern India are in need of verification and have not been used in this assessment when mapping its range.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a subterranean species believed to inhabit tropical, semi-evergreen forest, and also rural gardens and probably other secondary habitats. It is presumably oviparous with terrestrial eggs and aquatic larvae.
The population status of this species is unknown.
The threats to this species are unknown, but given that it seems to be somewhat adaptable to altered habitats, it might not be significantly threatened.
It is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
The taxonomic status of this species is unclear.
Annemarie Ohler, Sushil Dutta, David Gower, Mark Wilkinson, Oommen V. Oommen 2004. Ichthyophis sikkimensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59632A11973397. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59632A11973397.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018