This recently discovered species is known only from a single locality, Chengalam Village, at around 400m asl in the state of Keralasa in southern India.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a subterranean species associated with loose soil. The type series was collected in a rubber plantation, although this species' natural habitat is presumably moist evergreen forest. It is probably an oviparous species with an aquatic larval stage in streams.
There is no information on its population status; it is known only from the type series.
There is no information on specific threats to this species, although it is clearly somewhat adaptable to habitat change and so might not be facing any significant threats.
It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Sushil Dutta, Gopalakrishna Bhatta, David Gower, Mark Wilkinson, Oommen V. Oommen 2004. Uraeotyphlus interruptus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59654A11976510. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59654A11976510.en .Downloaded on 19 November 2018