Gegeneophis goaensis
family: Indotyphlidae
Species Description: Bhata, Dinesh, Prashanth, Kulkarni 2007 A new species of Gegeneophis Peters (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) from Goa, India. Zootaxa 1409:51-59

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is currently known only from Keri Village, Sattari Taluk, in North Goa district, Goa Province, India, at 32-42m asl (Bhatta et al., 2007). It probably occurs more widely.

Habitat and Ecology

Two of the three known specimens were collected from rotting vegetation at the base of saplings c. 5m from a small river in a mixed orchard of arecanut, banana, coconut, acacia and pepper (Bhatta et al., 2007). The soil where the specimens were collected was black and rich in mixed compost and rotten waste (Bhatta et al., 2007). The third specimen was collected from underneath piles of rotting coconut leaves c. 20m from a small rivulet (Bhatta et al., 2007). The soil was lateritic, mixed with clay (Bhatta et al., 2007). The species can clearly adapt to certain anthropogenic habitats, and its original natural habitat is unknown. It is assumed to be oviparous, like other members of its genus, with terrestrial eggs that develop directly, and to not be dependent on water bodies for breeding.


There is no information on its abundance. It is known from just three specimens (Bhatta et al., 2007).

Population Trend


Major Threats

No information is available on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

It is not known from any protected areas. Although it can clearly tolerate disturbed habitats, its distribution and biology remain largely unknown and more survey work and research are needed, in particular to determine geographic range, habitat occupancy, population size and life history.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.


Gopalakrishna Bhatta, David Gower, Mark Wilkinson 2008. Gegeneophis goaensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135790A4201809. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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