Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in the Colombian Andes, being found mainly along the Cordillera Central, and also in the Cordillera Occidental in the Puracé area (Cauca Department), with an isolated record from south-western Cali (Valle Department). It has been recorded from 1,500-1,800m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is a subterranean inhabitant of cloud forests and lower montane forests. It has also been recorded within the city limits of Popayán, and so is perhaps tolerant of some habitat disturbance.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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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
John Lynch, Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, 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 in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
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Population

Population
There is very little information regarding the population status of this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
At present the major threats to this species are unknown. Deforestation as a result of expanding agriculture, and urbanisation are potential threats, but there is not enough information available to confirm this.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Some populations are known from areas of Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali. This species is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.).
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Wikipedia

Caecilia occidentalis

Caecilia occidentalis is a species of amphibian in the Caeciliidae family. It is endemic to the Northwestern Andean montane forests (C.Michael Hogan. 2012) within Colombia. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, plantation, rural gardens, urban area, and degraded former forest.

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