Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species ranges from San Blas on the eastern side of the isthmus of Darién in Panama, south through the Pacific lowlands of western Colombia, probably at least as far as northern Valle del Cauca Department. It certainly occurs at low altitudes, and probably ranges up to medium altitudes, although details on its altitudinal range are lacking.
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Countries

Countries

Colombia, Panama

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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Identification

Adult

Species description based on Cope (1877).  Robust caecilian with a wide, flat snout that extends far beyond the mouth. Small tentacle present near the edge of the mouth below and behind the nostril.

Dorsal

The dorsal surface is dark in coloration.

Eye

Eye spot distinctly visible.

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Type Information

Holotype for Caecilia isthmica
Catalog Number: USNM 25188
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Locality: Isthmus of Darien, Atlantic (east) side of, Darién, Panama
  • Holotype: Cope, E. D. 1877. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 17 (100): 91.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
There is no information concerning its habitat and ecological preferences, though it is presumably subterranean, living in primary forest and probably also secondary forest.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Caecilia isthmica

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

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2004

Assessor/s
Taran Grant, John Lynch, Mark Wilkinson, Marvalee Wake

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been separated from Caecilia tentaculata, taxonomic confusion remains, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
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Population

Population
There is no information on the population status of this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Deforestation as a result of expanding agriculture is a potential threa to this species, but there is not enough information available to confirm this.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known from any protected areas, though it is likely to occur in some. It is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.).
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Wikipedia

Caecilia isthmica

Caecilia isthmica is a species of amphibian in the Caeciliidae family. It is found in Colombia and Panama. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, plantations, rural gardens, and heavily degraded former forest.

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