This species is known only from Bonaccord, in Thiruvanathapuram District, Kerala State, in the Western Ghats of southern India (Gower and Wilkinson, 2007). It is not known where it was collected on the Bonaccord estate, and so the elevation of its occurrence is not known (Gower and Wilkinson, 2007). It is likely to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
Almost nothing is known about this species, with only a single specimen collected from unknown habitat (Gower and Wilkinson, 2007). However, if it is similar to other members of the genus, it is probably an oviparous species with terrestrial eggs and aquatic larvae, and the adults are likely to be subterranean. The holotype was most probably found by locals or estate workers while they were helping to collect the caecilian Gegeneophis ramaswamii for physiological studies at the University of Kerala (Gower and Wilkinson, 2007). Previous collections of hundreds of G. ramaswamii at Bonaccord have mostly occurred in agricultural land within the tea estate at around 600m asl, and it is possible that U. oommeni occurs more frequently in other habitats in the area, including adjacent forest and/or higher altitude sites (Gower and Wilkinson, 2007).
There is no information on its abundance. It is known only from the holotype (Gower and Wilkinson, 2007).
There is no information on threats to this species.
It is not known from any protected areas. Further fieldwork is needed to investigate the distribution, abundance, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs of this species (Gower and Wilkinson, 2007).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
David Gower, Mark Wilkinson 2008. Uraeotyphlus oommeni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135990A4223204. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135990A4223204.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018