Uraeotyphlus malabaricus
family: Ichthyophiidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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This caecilian has a rather short and stout body, with length ranging from 145-234 mm (Daniel 2002). Dorsal surface is violet and ventral surface is lighter shade of violet. There is a very narrow whitish spot above the eye. Upper and lower lip, lower jaw, and tip of tail are cream colored. It has four rows of splenial teeth. Snout is slender, flat, and protrudes in front of the mouth by about 1.5 mm. The right eye is more distinct than the left one (Chanda 2002). This species has between 206-246 folds around the body (Daniel 2002).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India


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U. malabaricus is found in the hills of Malabar (India).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss


Chanda, S.K. (2002). Handbook: Indian Amphibians. Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata.

Daniel, J. C. (2002). The Book of Indian Reptiles and Amphibians. Bombay National History Society, Delhi.

Written by Rupi Mudan (gmudan AT, URAP
First submitted 2005-11-01
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2007-03-20)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2007 Uraeotyphlus malabaricus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 5, 2020.

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