This species is known only from two localities in the Ecuadorian Andes: Abitagua, near Banos, on the slopes of the Cordillera Oriental, at around 1,400-1,600m asl (this is the type locality); and from the Cordillera del Condór in Morona Santiago Province.
Habitat and Ecology
It is subterranean and lives in primary and secondary forest, where it makes nests under tree trunks or rocks, where the conditions are humid. It probably lays eggs that develop directly, without a larval stage.
There is no information on the population status of this species.
There is no information on threats to this species.
The type locality of this species is in Parque Nacional Llanganates, and it also occurs in Parque Nacional Sangay. 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.
Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Ana Almendáriz, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Caecilia abitaguae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59501A11949936. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59501A11949936.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019