Gegeneophis carnosus

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Gegeneophis carnosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona
Family: Indotyphlidae
Genus: Gegeneophis
Species: G. carnosus
Binomial name
Gegeneophis carnosus
(Beddome, 1870)

The Periah Peak caecilian (Gegeneophis carnosus) is a species of caecilian found in Karnataka and Kerala states, India. Its common name refers to its type locality (Periya Peak, Wayanad, Kerala), though it is also known under names blind caecilian and pink blind caecilian.[2]

Gegeneophis carnosus is a rather small species of caecilian with a flesh-coloured body. The body ends in a blunt shield; the eyes are not visible externally. The tentacular apertures are below and behind the nostrils, which are placed close to the tip of the snout, so that they are not quite visible from top. It is thought to be distributed in the hills of Kerala and Karnataka in India.[3]


  1. ^ Gower, D.; Wilkinson, M.; Oommen, O.V.; Measey, J.; Dutta, S.; Bhatta, G. & Ravichandran, M.S. (2004). "Gegeneophis carnosus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Gegeneophis carnosus (Beddome, 1870)". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Bhattia, Gopalakrishna (March 1998). "A field guide to the caecilians of the Western Ghats, India" (PDF). Journal of Biosciences. 23 (1): 73–85. doi:10.1007/BF02728526. Retrieved 23 February 2013.