Microcaecilia rabei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Gymnophiona Siphonopidae

Scientific Name: Microcaecilia rabei (Roze & Solano, 1963)
Common Name(s):
English Tiny Venezuelan Caecilian
Spanish Cecilia Pequena
Gymnopis rabei Roze & Solano, 1963
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: The conspecificity of the specimens from Venezuela and Suriname is not certain.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Celsa Señaris, Marinus Hoogmoed, Mark Wilkinson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainty as to its taxonomic status.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from eastern Venezuela (in Bolívar State), east to central Suriname. It is presumed to occur in Guyana, but this has not been confirmed. It has been recorded from 100-400m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population:There is no information on the population status of this species; it is known only from isolated records.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a subterranean species in tropical moist environments, especially lowland rainforest. It has also been found in secondary habitats.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It occurs in an area of low human impact, and since it is also somewhat adaptable it is unlikely to be facing any significant threats. Mining and associated water pollution might be local threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It probably occurs in several protected areas in Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela. The conspecificity of the specimens from Venezuela and Suriname needs to be evaluated.

Citation: Celsa Señaris, Marinus Hoogmoed, Mark Wilkinson. 2004. Microcaecilia rabei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59571A11964901. . Downloaded on 18 July 2018.
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