Uraeotyphlus oxyurus
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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These caecilians or legless amphibians have true tails and weakly stegokrotaphic skulls, with the number and arrangement of the skull and lower jawbones and the configuration of the hyobranchium the same as in Ichthyophiidae. The mouth is recessed or subterminal, and the tentacular opening is positioned far forward, below the nostril. Most of the primary annuli are subdivided by secondary grooves, although a few of the primary annuli may not be subdivided. There are no tertiary grooves. The annular grooves incompletely encircle the body. U. oxyurus does have scales.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India


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It is found in southern peninsular India.


Nussbaum, R. A. and Wilkinson, M. (1989). ''On the classification and phylogeny of caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona), a critical review.'' Herpetological Monographs, (3), 1-42.

Written by Franziska Sandmeier (franturtle AT, UC Berkeley
First submitted 2001-03-14
Edited by Vance Vredenburg (2016-06-29)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2016 Uraeotyphlus oxyurus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 31, 2020.

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