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Males reach up to 348 mm, while females reach up to 333 mm (Malonza and Measey 2005). Animals from forest habitat were significantly larger than those from agricultural areas (Measey 2004). Adult bodies have a blue hue with contrasting annulation (Wollenberg and Measey 2009); newly hatched juveniles are unpigmented (Kupfer et al. 2008).
The name "ming'ori" means "earthworm" in the Kitaita language, which may reflect a local misconception that caecilians are earthworms (Measey 2004).