This species occurs on both the western and eastern slopes of the Cordillera Oriental in the Colombian Andes, in the departments of Boyaca, Cundinamarca and Santander, at 800-2,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a subterranean species in montane forest. Although its breeding biology is unknown, it is thought likely to breed by direct development.
It is apparently common in parts of its range.
Deforestation as a result of expanding agriculture is a potential threat to it, but there is not enough information available to confirm this.
This species occurs in the Santuario de Fauna y Flora Guanentá Alto Río Fonce. It is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.), and the conspecificity of the populations on the two slopes of the Cordillera Oriental needs to be examined.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its taxonomic status, extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
The taxonomic status of this species is unclear.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Caecilia degenerata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59510A11952381. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59510A11952381.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019