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Typhlonectes natans

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA GYMNOPHIONA TYPHLONECTIDAE

Scientific Name: Typhlonectes natans
Species Authority: (Fischer In Peters, 1880)
Common Name/s:
English Rio Cauca Caecilian, Rubber Eel
Synonym/s:
Caecilia natans Fischer In Peters, 1880
Chthonerpeton haydee Roze, 1963

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Abraham Mijares, Fernando Castro, John Measey, 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 wide distribution, tolerance of significant habitat degradation, 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 ranges from the drainage systems of the Cauca and Magdalena rivers in western and northern Colombia to the general vicinity of Lake Maracaibo Basin in Venezuela. It occurs up to 1,000m asl. Suggestions of its occurrence in the Orinoco River, and from Trinidad require confirmation, and are not included here.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an aquatic species, living in rivers, marshes and lakes, usually in open areas, and is only rarely found on land. It is thrives in polluted water, and is resilient to major degradation of water quality. It is oviviparous, giving birth to young in water.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is extremely resilient to habitat and degradation and pollution, both of which are extensive within its range. It is popular in the international pet trade, but not at a level to constitute a threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in some protected areas.
Citation: Abraham Mijares, Fernando Castro, John Measey, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Typhlonectes natans. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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