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Dermophis mexicanus.jpg
Tapalcua (Dermophis mexicanus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Family: Dermophiidae
Genus: Dermophis
Peters, 1880

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Dermophis is a genus of worm-like amphibians in the family Dermophiidae, distributed between southern Mexico and northwestern Colombia. Their common name is Mexican caecilians or Neotropical caecilians.[1]


The genus has seven species:[1][2]

Binomial Name and Author Common Name
Dermophis costaricensis Taylor, 1955
Dermophis glandulosus Taylor, 1955
Dermophis gracilior Günther, 1902
Dermophis mexicanus (Duméril & Bibron, 1841) Mexican caecilian, tapalcua
Dermophis oaxacae (Mertens, 1930) Oaxacan caecilian
Dermophis occidentalis Taylor, 1955
Dermophis parviceps (Dunn, 1924) La Loma caecilian


  1. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Dermophis Peters, 1880". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dermophiidae". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.