This recently described species is endemic to north-east India in the states of Assam and Meghalaya. It is known with certainty from the Garo Hills in Meghalaya (at Anogiri Lake and Tura), and specimens have also been reported from Assam at around 100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This subterranean caecilian lives in the moist leaf-litter substrate of tropical forests, and has been found close to streams and other waterbodies. It is assumed to be oviparous with terrestrial eggs and aquatic larvae.
There is no information on the population status of this species, which is known only from two recently collected specimens and a few other recent reports.
There is no information on threats to this species.
It is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
The taxonomic status of this species is unclear.
Sushil Dutta, Annemarie Ohler, Saibal Sengupta, David Gower, Mark Wilkinson, Oommen V. Oommen 2004. Ichthyophis garoensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59617A11969312. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59617A11969312.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018