This species occurs in the Andean foothills in the southwestern portion of the Amazon basin, in Bolivia. It is known from Yacuma, Beni, Cochabamba, Chapara and Santa Cruz, and is likely to occur more widely. It has been recorded from below 400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a subterranean species in lowland tropical rainforest. It is adaptable to secondary habitats, and its breeding habits are unknown.
It was once thought to be extinct (Wake, 1993), but there have been some records from forests since then confirming its continued survival.
The type locality has been converted to agricultural fields, but elsewhere in its range the habitat remains relatively undisturbed.
It occurs in Carrasco, Madidi and Amboro National Parks.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De la Riva, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Caecilia marcusi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59519A11954628. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59519A11954628.en .Downloaded on 16 January 2019