Bonnacord caecilian

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Bonnacord caecilian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona
Family: Uraeotyphlidae
Genus: Uraeotyphlus
Species: U. oommeni
Binomial name
Uraeotyphlus oommeni
Gower & Wilkinson, 2007

The Bonnacord caecilian, Uraeotyphlus oommeni, is a new species of Uraeotyphlus, described on the basis of a single, distinctive specimen from the Western Ghats of southern Kerala, India. This species is most similar to U. malabaricus (Beddome) in that it lacks a clear differentiation between the primary annuli and their higher-order (secondary or tertiary) subdivision. The pattern of annulation among species of Uraeotyphlus falls into two clear types based on the differentiation of primary and higher-order annuli, and the number of annular divisions per vertebra and whether this varies along the body. This difference is reflected in the recognition of U. oxyurus group (U. interruptus, U. menoni, U. narayani, U. oxyurus) and the U. malabaricus group (U. malabaricus and U. oommeni) species.

References[edit]

Gower, David J. and Mark Wilkinson, 2007. Species groups in the Indian caecilian genus Uraeotyphlus Peters (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Uraeotyphlidae), with the description of a new species. Herpetologica 63(3):401-410