Schistometopum thomense

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Schistometopum thomense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona
Family: Dermophiidae
Genus: Schistometopum
Species: S. thomense
Binomial name
Schistometopum thomense
(Bocage, 1873)

Schistometopum thomense is a species of amphibian in the family Dermophiidae, endemic to São Tomé and Ilhéu das Rolas.[1] It is found in most soils on São Tomé, from tropical moist lowland forests to coastal coconut plantations. It is absent only from the driest northern areas of the island.[1] It is typically around 30 cm (12 in) in length, and is often bright yellow.[2] This species may be referred to as the São Tomé caecilian (with various spellings of the island's name), as the Aqua Ize caecilian, or as the island caecilian, or by the local name of cobra bobo.[3]


  • Siphonops thomensis Bocage, 1873
  • Siphonops brevirostris Peters, 1874
  • Dermophis brevirostris — Peters] 1880
  • Dermophis thomensis — Peters, 1880
  • Schistometopum thomense — Parker, 1941
  • Schistometopum ephele Taylor, 1965
  • Schistometopum brevirostris — Taylor, 1965
  • Schistometopum brevirostre — Taylor, 1968


  1. ^ a b John Measey; Robert Drewes; Mark Wilkinson; Simon Loader (2004). "Schistometopum thomense". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Kingdon, Jonathan (1989). Island Africa: The Evolution of Africa's Rare Plants and Animals. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 39. ISBN 0-691-08560-9. 
  3. ^ Species of the week: Cobra Bobo