Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Gymnophiona Indotyphlidae

Scientific Name: Sylvacaecilia grandisonae
Species Authority: (Taylor, 1970)
Common Name(s):
English Aleku Caecilian, Ethiopian Caecilian
Geotrypetes grandisonae Taylor, 1970
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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Malcolm Largen, Simon Loader, Mark Wilkinson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the forests of south-western Ethiopia, where it is known from four sites in the provinces of Willega, Kaffa, and Illubabor, spanning an altitudinal range of 1,500-2,150m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is known only from tropical deciduous forest. The adults live beneath leaf-litter and humus on the forest floor, breeding in small springs and streamlets where the larvae can burrow in soft, water-saturated mud.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is ongoing degradation and destruction of its forest habitat as a result of human settlement, agricultural encroachment and commercial exploitation. However, it is not known whether or not this constitutes a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not currently known from any protected areas.

Citation: Malcolm Largen, Simon Loader, Mark Wilkinson. 2004. Sylvacaecilia grandisonae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59598A11959096. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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