Dermophis gracilior — Overview

A Neotropical Species of Caecilian learn more about names for this taxon

IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)

Comprehensive Description

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Diagnosis: A relatively robust caecilian with plumbeous (lead-gray) dorsal color, visible eyes, and a head that does not contrast in color with the body (Savage 2002).

Description: Dermophis gracilior is moderately sized and measures up to 387 mm in total length. This is a somewhat robust species, with a total length-to-body width ratio from 23 to 34 in adults. Total annuli number 156 to 208, with 91 to 117 primary annuli and 65 to 96 secondary annuli. Dorsal surface is lead-gray color, while the venter is cream with dark mottling or mostly gray to dull black. The annular grooves are the same shade as adjacent areas (Savage 2002).

This taxon may represent more than one species; see Savage (2002) for comments. It was removed from synonymy with Dermophis mexicanus by Savage and Wake (2001). It was first described by Günther (1902).

A Spanish-language species account can be found at the website of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).


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