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Microcaecilia albiceps

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA GYMNOPHIONA SIPHONOPIDAE

Scientific Name: Microcaecilia albiceps
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1882)
Common Name/s:
English Tiny White Caecilian
Synonym/s:
Dermophis albiceps Boulenger, 1882

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Fernando Castro, Jose Vicente Rueda, Wilmar Bolívar, Ruth Amanda Estupinan, Ana Almendáriz, Mark Wilkinson
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively 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 known from the lower Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Ecuador (in Napo Province) and Colombia (Departments of Caquetá and Meta). It occurs between 300 and 800m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia; Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Individuals have been found underground in primary forest. At Lago Agrio, in Ecuador, most specimens were obtained by following bulldozers clearing primary forest (Duellman, 1978). It has also been recorded from degraded forest but it is not known whether or not it can adapt to degraded habitats. Its breeding is unknown.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats are unknown, since it is not known whether or not it can adapt to degraded habitats. Agriculture and livestock are most likely localized threats to the habitat of this species, but it occurs in a region of relatively low human impact.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Colombia the species is not known from any protected areas. In Ecuador the species has been recorded from Jatun Sachure Nature Reserve.
Citation: Fernando Castro, Jose Vicente Rueda, Wilmar Bolívar, Ruth Amanda Estupinan, Ana Almendáriz, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Microcaecilia albiceps. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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