Forest caecilian

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Forest caecilian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona
Family: Indotyphlidae
Genus: Gegeneophis
Species: G. ramaswamii
Binomial name
Gegeneophis ramaswamii
Taylor, 1964

The forest caecilian, Gegeneophis ramaswamii, is a greyish and rather large (34 cm) species of caecilian. Its tentacles are placed just behind and below the level of the nostrils. The eyes are not visible. This is probably the most abundant species of caecilian within its range. Found in southern Kerala, it occurs in very high densities in agricultural fields.


Bhatta, G. 1998. A field guide to the caecilians of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Biosciences, Vol. 23(1): 73-85

Oommen, O. V., Measey, G. J., Gower, D. J. & Wilkinson, M. 2000. Distribution and abundance of the caecilian Gegeneophis ramaswamii (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) in southern Kerala. Current Science, Vol.79: 1386-1389.