Scolecomorphus uluguruensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Gymnophiona Scolecomorphidae

Scientific Name: Scolecomorphus uluguruensis
Species Authority: Barbour & Loveridge, 1928
Common Name(s):
English Nyingwa Caecilian, Uluguru Black Caecilian
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: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Simon Loader, Kim Howell, David Gower, John Measey
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat, it has a presumed large population, and 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 only from the Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania. Its altitudinal range is not fully known, though it seems to occur at higher elevations than the other caecilians occurring in the Uluguru Mountains.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information, but it has been recently recorded.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in the soil in montane forest. It probably also survives in cultivated areas. It is a viviparous species that is not dependent upon water for breeding.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no specific threats to this species at the higher elevations of the Ulugurus, where there is very limited human impact.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Simon Loader, Kim Howell, David Gower, John Measey. 2004. Scolecomorphus uluguruensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59652A11976303. . Downloaded on 28 May 2016.
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