Schistometopum thomense
São Tomé Caecilian, cobra bobo
family: Dermophiidae

© 2006 John Measey (1 of 6)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from São Tomé and Rolas Island, in São Tomé and Príncipe. It occurs from sea level to at least 1,300m asl. It appears to be absent from the drier northern part of the island. There is an unconfirmed report of this species from "Upper Zire", which is likely to refer to another species.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in soil in all habitats on São Tomé (except dry areas in the north), including coconut plantations, forests, trash piles, sugar cane, degraded areas, rocky areas, and totally denuded land coastal. It is a viviparous species, and is not dependent on water for breeding.


Recent information suggests that it is an abundant species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It appears not to be a threatened species. It has appeared in the pet trade in the 1990s, but not at a level to constitute a threat to the species.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in Obo National Park.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern because, although its Extent of Occurrence is much less than 5,000km2, it is common, adaptable, and does not appear to be in decline.

Taxonomic Notes

An unconfirmed report of this species has come from "Upper Zaire".


John Measey, Robert Drewes, Mark Wilkinson, Simon Loader 2004. Schistometopum thomense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59592A11956981. .Downloaded on 13 December 2018


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