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Sylvacaecilia grandisonae

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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
Synonym/s:
Geotrypetes grandisonae Taylor, 1970

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Malcolm Largen, Simon Loader, Mark Wilkinson
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
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:
Native:
Ethiopia
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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: 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. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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