Dermophis parviceps


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dermophis parviceps
Species Authority: (Dunn, 1924)
Common Name(s):
English La Loma Caecilian
Gymnopis parviceps (Dunn, 1924)
Siphonops parviceps Dunn, 1924
Taxonomic Notes: This is a poorly circumscribed species in need of taxonomic review (M. Wilkinson pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C., Fuenmayor, Q., Wilkinson, M., Bolaños, F., Kubicki, B. & Berlin, E.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to both the Atlantic slopes and lowlands of Costa Rica and Panama, and also occurs in parts of central Panama. It is present on Isla Popa, in the Bocas del Toro, Panama. It has an altitudinal range of 40-1,200m asl.
Costa Rica; Panama
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is poorly known. It has been found at reasonably high densities in some localities; six individuals were found when digging a small pond within sedge peat (Eric Berlin pers. comm. 2007).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a subterranean species that inhabits humid montane and lowland forest, and it can sometimes be found under logs or in leaf-litter. It is present in saturated, but not flooded areas (Brian Kubicki pers. comm.). Its adaptability to secondary habitats is unknown. It is presumed to be a viviparous species that is not dependent on water.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The extent to which deforestation is a threat to the species is unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas of Panama and Costa Rica.

Citation: Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C., Fuenmayor, Q., Wilkinson, M., Bolaños, F., Kubicki, B. & Berlin, E. 2008. Dermophis parviceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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