AmphibiaWeb - Crotaphatrema lamottei


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Crotaphatrema lamottei (Nussbaum, 1981)
family: Scolecomorphidae
genus: Crotaphatrema
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Critically Endangered (CR)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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C. lamottei is characterized by vomerine and palatine teeth arranged in a continuous series and by the maxillary series extending further posteriorly than the palatine series of teeth. In coloration, it is lavander/lilac dorsally and cream ventrally. It has 128-155 annuli, 124-133 vertebrae, and 22-28 dentary teeth, and a head which is subtriangular in its dorsal outline. In addition, in the described holotype, the tentacle extruded about 1.0 mm and was directed downward and slightly forward. Two mature females were measured at 196 and 262 mm in length, and one mature male was measured at 224 mm in length.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon


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This species is only known from Mt. Oku, Cameroon.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Because the holotype had large, yolky, ovarian eggs, it was suggested that perhaps this species is oviparous.


Howell, K. M. and Msuya, C. A. (1981). ''Scolecomorphus lamottei.'' Copeia, 1981(2), 265-269.

Nussbaum, R. A. (1985). ''Systematics of caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) of the family Scolecomorphidae.'' Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan, (713), 1-49.

Originally submitted by: Franziska Sandmeier (first posted 2001-03-14)
Edited by: Vance T. Vredenburg (2016-06-29)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2016 Crotaphatrema lamottei <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 13, 2024.

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