Ichthyophis sikkimensis
family: Ichthyophiidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bhutan, India, Nepal


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This caecilian occurs in northern India (in the states of Sikkim and West Bengal), and also in extreme eastern Nepal in Dabugaun, in Ilam District. It has been recorded at altitudes of 1,000-1,550m asl. Reports from the Western Ghats in southern India are in need of verification and have not been used in this assessment when mapping its range.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a subterranean species believed to inhabit tropical, semi-evergreen forest, and also rural gardens and probably other secondary habitats. It is presumably oviparous with terrestrial eggs and aquatic larvae.


The population status of this species is unknown.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The threats to this species are unknown, but given that it seems to be somewhat adaptable to altered habitats, it might not be significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions

It is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.).

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

The taxonomic status of this species is unclear.


Annemarie Ohler, Sushil Dutta, David Gower, Mark Wilkinson, Oommen V. Oommen 2004. Ichthyophis sikkimensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59632A11973397. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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