Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

Diagnosis: This caecilian is large and heavy-bodied, with a body length about 30-35x the diameter. The stoutness distinguishes C. tentaculata from more attenuate caeciliids such as Caecilia disossea and Oscaecilia bassleri, which may have a body length of 80x the diameter. The dorsal surface is dark bluish gray, while the ventral surface is slightly paler. No pale markings are present on C. tentaculata, in contrast to the similar heavy-bodied species Microcaecilia albiceps and Siphonops annulatus, both of which have pale markings. The eye is usually visible as a dark spot beneath the skin (Duellman 1978).

Description (except where noted, from Taylor 1968, describing specimen AMNH 49961 from Río Copanza, Ecuador) : Caecilia tentaculata has a total body length of up to 631 mm according to Taylor (1968), and up to 987 mm according to Duellman (1978). The body is relatively thick and cylindrical. Eyes are in sockets and visible through the skin. Sensory tentacles are located in a depression below and slightly anterior to each nostril, and are not visible from above. The snout projects beyond the mouth and the nostrils are visible in dorsal view. Jaws contain two rows of teeth on top and one row on the bottom, with the second row on top being replacement teeth for the animal. Teeth are small and curve back to the rear of the mouth (Moore 1964). Two nuchal collars are located immediately following the head, fused and indistinct dorsally and lacking transverse grooves, but well defined ventrally and laterally. Primary annuli (122+) and secondary annuli (34+) are present and mostly incomplete, but tertiary annuli are lacking. The primary annuli are incomplete dorsally for the first 80% of the body, and are incomplete ventrally except on the posterior part of the body. Secondary annuli are short in the anterior part of the body, then fusing dorsally, and finally completing encirclement just preceding the vent. The skin is very smooth. Beginning at about the 20th primary annulus, one or two scales are located in well-defined tissue pockets within the folds of each primary annulus, with both the size and number of scales increasing gradually down the body. Subdermal scales are absent. The terminal area is flattened. The vent is transverse, with three denticulations preceding the vent, two lateral to it, and four denticulations posterior to it. Anal glands are lacking.

Caecilia tentaculata is slate-gray on the dorsum, light brown on the sides and outer part of the venter, and lighter gray in the middle of the venter. The annuli are darker in color, usually a grayish-black (Taylor 1968, describing specimen AMNH 49961 from Río Copanza, Ecuador). Duellman (1978) describes the color as dark bluish gray on the dorsal surface and lighter on the ventral surface, but does not mention any brown coloration or whether the annuli are darker.

Savage and Wake (2001) pointed out that earlier treatments of Caecilia tentaculata (Dunn 1942; Taylor 1968) had in fact combined more than one species under that name. Specimens from eastern Panama to northern Colombia that were formerly known as C. tentaculata (for example USNM 25188, MCZ 17376) have been referred to C. isthmica (Savage and Wake 2001). Another complication is that two Linnaean descriptions of Caecilia tentaculata (from 1749 and 1754) appear to come from two different species (Dunn 1942, p. 503; cited in Savage and Wake 2001).

Although it had been reported that Linné's type specimen was not extant (Savage and Wake 2001), it has since been ascertained that the type is located in the collection at his Uppsala home (M. H. Wake, pers. comm.).

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  • Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., and Mosquera, D. (2010). ''First record of a canid (Atelocynus microtis) predating on a caecilian amphibian.'' Avances, 2(3), B5-B6.
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  • Duellman, W. E. (1978). ''The biology of an equatorial herpetofauna in Amazonian Ecuador.'' Miscellaneous Publications of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 65, 1-352.
  • Dunn, E. R. (1942). ''The American caecilians.'' Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 91(6), 439-540.
  • Kohler, J. (2000). ''Amphibian diversity in Bolivia: A study with special reference to montane forest regions.'' Bonner Zoologische Monographien, 48, 1-243.
  • Moore, J.A. (1964). Physiology of the Amphibia. Academic Press, New York.
  • Nussbaum R. A., and Hoogmoed, M. S. (1979). ''Surinam caecilians, with notes on Rhinatrema bivittatum and the description of a new species of Microcaecilia (Amphibia, Gymnophiona).'' Zool. Meded. Rijksmus. Nat. Hist. Leiden, 54, 217-235.
  • Savage, J. M., and Wake, M. H. (2001). ''Reevaluation of the status of taxa of Central American caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona), with comments on their origin and evolution.'' Copeia, 2001, 52-64.
  • Taylor, E.H. (1968). The Caecilians of the World. A Taxonomic Review. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • De la Riva, I., Köhler, J., Lötters, S. and Reichle, S. (2000). ''Ten years of research on Bolivian amphibians: updated checklist, distribution, taxonomic problems, literature and iconography.'' Revista Espanola de Herpetologia, 14, 19-164.
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Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs very widely through the Amazon basin of South America. It is known from below 1,000m asl in Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. There have been no records from Guyana, though it presumably occurs in this country, and it might also occur in northern Bolivia.
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Distribution and Habitat

Caecilia tentaculata is found in the Amazon basin of South America, including Suriname, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana, Venezuela and Colombia. It occurs in both primary and secondary lowland forests, below 1000 m. It may also occur in northern Bolivia (De la Riva et al. 2000; Kohler 2000), and is thought to occur in Guyana though this has not yet been confirmed (Coloma et al. 2004).

  • Adler, K., and Halliday, T. (2002). Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. Firefly Books Limited, Buffalo, New York.
  • Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., and Mosquera, D. (2010). ''First record of a canid (Atelocynus microtis) predating on a caecilian amphibian.'' Avances, 2(3), B5-B6.
  • Coloma, L. A., Ron, S., La Marca, E., Hoogmoed, M., Castro, F., Lynch, J., and Wilkinson, M. 2004. Caecilia tentaculata. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 December 2011.
  • Duellman, W. E. (1978). ''The biology of an equatorial herpetofauna in Amazonian Ecuador.'' Miscellaneous Publications of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 65, 1-352.
  • Dunn, E. R. (1942). ''The American caecilians.'' Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 91(6), 439-540.
  • Kohler, J. (2000). ''Amphibian diversity in Bolivia: A study with special reference to montane forest regions.'' Bonner Zoologische Monographien, 48, 1-243.
  • Moore, J.A. (1964). Physiology of the Amphibia. Academic Press, New York.
  • Nussbaum R. A., and Hoogmoed, M. S. (1979). ''Surinam caecilians, with notes on Rhinatrema bivittatum and the description of a new species of Microcaecilia (Amphibia, Gymnophiona).'' Zool. Meded. Rijksmus. Nat. Hist. Leiden, 54, 217-235.
  • Savage, J. M., and Wake, M. H. (2001). ''Reevaluation of the status of taxa of Central American caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona), with comments on their origin and evolution.'' Copeia, 2001, 52-64.
  • Taylor, E.H. (1968). The Caecilians of the World. A Taxonomic Review. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • De la Riva, I., Köhler, J., Lötters, S. and Reichle, S. (2000). ''Ten years of research on Bolivian amphibians: updated checklist, distribution, taxonomic problems, literature and iconography.'' Revista Espanola de Herpetologia, 14, 19-164.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is a subterranean species, and specimens have been found in primary forest and secondary forest. It is not known whether or not it can survive in degraded, open areas. Its breeding system is unknown.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Caecilia tentaculata

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2004

Assessor/s
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Enrique La Marca, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fernando Castro, John Lynch, Mark Wilkinson

Reviewer/s
Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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Population

Population
It is said to be uncommon throughout its range, but there is little information on its abundance.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Caecilia tentaculata is usually found in the loose substrate of forest floors (Adler and Halliday 2002). In Ecuador, individuals have been found in a wet grassy clearing, a trench in secondary forest, under a log in primary forest, and unearthed by bulldozers when primary forest was cleared (Duellman 1978).

This species may be prey for the rare canid Atelocynus microtis. Camera traps at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Amazonian Ecuador captured a photo of Atelocynus microtis carrying a caecilian dangling from its mouth. The identification of the caecilian was based only on the photo; the long body size, stout proportions, and gray coloration appeared to best match C. tentaculata of all Amazonian caecilians (Cisneros-Heredia and Mosquera 2010).

  • Adler, K., and Halliday, T. (2002). Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. Firefly Books Limited, Buffalo, New York.
  • Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., and Mosquera, D. (2010). ''First record of a canid (Atelocynus microtis) predating on a caecilian amphibian.'' Avances, 2(3), B5-B6.
  • Coloma, L. A., Ron, S., La Marca, E., Hoogmoed, M., Castro, F., Lynch, J., and Wilkinson, M. 2004. Caecilia tentaculata. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 December 2011.
  • Duellman, W. E. (1978). ''The biology of an equatorial herpetofauna in Amazonian Ecuador.'' Miscellaneous Publications of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 65, 1-352.
  • Dunn, E. R. (1942). ''The American caecilians.'' Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 91(6), 439-540.
  • Kohler, J. (2000). ''Amphibian diversity in Bolivia: A study with special reference to montane forest regions.'' Bonner Zoologische Monographien, 48, 1-243.
  • Moore, J.A. (1964). Physiology of the Amphibia. Academic Press, New York.
  • Nussbaum R. A., and Hoogmoed, M. S. (1979). ''Surinam caecilians, with notes on Rhinatrema bivittatum and the description of a new species of Microcaecilia (Amphibia, Gymnophiona).'' Zool. Meded. Rijksmus. Nat. Hist. Leiden, 54, 217-235.
  • Savage, J. M., and Wake, M. H. (2001). ''Reevaluation of the status of taxa of Central American caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona), with comments on their origin and evolution.'' Copeia, 2001, 52-64.
  • Taylor, E.H. (1968). The Caecilians of the World. A Taxonomic Review. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • De la Riva, I., Köhler, J., Lötters, S. and Reichle, S. (2000). ''Ten years of research on Bolivian amphibians: updated checklist, distribution, taxonomic problems, literature and iconography.'' Revista Espanola de Herpetologia, 14, 19-164.
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Threats

Major Threats
It occurs widely in an area of very limited human impact, and so is unlikely to be facing any significant threats.
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

Population numbers are unknown, so the level of threat to this species is difficult to assess. Its range overlaps with many protected areas (Coloma et al. 2004).

  • Adler, K., and Halliday, T. (2002). Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. Firefly Books Limited, Buffalo, New York.
  • Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., and Mosquera, D. (2010). ''First record of a canid (Atelocynus microtis) predating on a caecilian amphibian.'' Avances, 2(3), B5-B6.
  • Coloma, L. A., Ron, S., La Marca, E., Hoogmoed, M., Castro, F., Lynch, J., and Wilkinson, M. 2004. Caecilia tentaculata. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 07 December 2011.
  • Duellman, W. E. (1978). ''The biology of an equatorial herpetofauna in Amazonian Ecuador.'' Miscellaneous Publications of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 65, 1-352.
  • Dunn, E. R. (1942). ''The American caecilians.'' Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 91(6), 439-540.
  • Kohler, J. (2000). ''Amphibian diversity in Bolivia: A study with special reference to montane forest regions.'' Bonner Zoologische Monographien, 48, 1-243.
  • Moore, J.A. (1964). Physiology of the Amphibia. Academic Press, New York.
  • Nussbaum R. A., and Hoogmoed, M. S. (1979). ''Surinam caecilians, with notes on Rhinatrema bivittatum and the description of a new species of Microcaecilia (Amphibia, Gymnophiona).'' Zool. Meded. Rijksmus. Nat. Hist. Leiden, 54, 217-235.
  • Savage, J. M., and Wake, M. H. (2001). ''Reevaluation of the status of taxa of Central American caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona), with comments on their origin and evolution.'' Copeia, 2001, 52-64.
  • Taylor, E.H. (1968). The Caecilians of the World. A Taxonomic Review. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • De la Riva, I., Köhler, J., Lötters, S. and Reichle, S. (2000). ''Ten years of research on Bolivian amphibians: updated checklist, distribution, taxonomic problems, literature and iconography.'' Revista Espanola de Herpetologia, 14, 19-164.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in many protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Caecilia tentaculata

Caecilia tentaculata is a species of amphibian in the Caeciliidae family. It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, possibly Bolivia, and possibly Guyana. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, plantations, rural gardens, and heavily degraded former forest.

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