Ichthyophis garoensis
family: Ichthyophiidae
Species Description: Pillai, R.S. and Ravichandran, M.S. 1999. Gymnophiona (Amphibia) of India - A taxonomic study. Records of the Zoological Survey of India (Occ. Paper)172: 1-117.
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: India


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

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.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no information on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

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.

Taxonomic Notes

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. .Downloaded on 18 January 2019


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