Rare caecilian found in India

This video says about itself:

As posted on Newscientist.com: Some caecilian species shed a special nutrient-rich skin shortly after giving birth to feed their young. This may be the closest any amphibian comes to producing “milk” for its young.

From The Statesman daily in India:

Rare animal found in tea estate

Statesman News Service

KURSEONG, July 28: A rare animal ‘caecilians’ has been discovered in Makaibari Tea Estate near Kurseong. The animal belongs to the amphibian family. It is being claimed that the animal was sighted after a gap of over 100 years.

The creature found for the first time in 1881 at Rangliot Valley in Sikkim was named as Icohthyophis [sic; Ichthyophis] Skkimmennis [sic; sikkimensis]. Robin Suyesh, a student from Delhi University made the discovery in the tea estate recently.

Suyesh informed that the species was found in the area of Sikkim and Darjeeling and hence he had come here to investigate about the species about which not much was known.

Suyesh has collected two samples, which he would take to Delhi for further studies. “I will take these samples to Delhi and show it to my seniors and study its anatomy to gather more information about the species,” he said.

See also here; with video.

Three new caecilians discovered in India. October 2009. Three new species of legless amphibians have been discovered in the forests of India’s north-eastern states, Manipur and Nagaland: here.

On Monday 7th December the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) hosted the one-off event ‘The Secret World of Naked Snakes’ (part of the ZSL’s ‘communicating science’ series): a whole meeting devoted entirely to those bizarre, poorly known, limbless, worm-like amphibians, the caecilians. The meeting was attended by over 100 people, which really isn’t bad going, especially when some of the organisers expressed fears that the event would only be attended by (to quote David Gower) “A handful of caecilian freaks”: here.

A new species of Microcaecilia (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) from Guyana: here.

The systematics of Boulengerula fischeri (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) based on morphological & molecular data: here.

A second species of Gegeneophis (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) lacking secondary annular grooves: here.

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  1. Zoo breeds amphibian for first time

    Published date: 05 November 2010 | Published by: By Natalie Barnett

    One of the caecilians that have been bred at Chester Zoo

    KEEPERS at Chester Zoo’s Aquarium have managed to breed caecilians for the first time in the zoo’s history.

    The aquatic species in question are dark grey creatures and are the ‘forgotten amphibians’ – as most people do not even know they exist.

    Nine of the tiny worm-like babies are now in the zoo’s Aquarium and will go on show as soon as they are large enough.

    This species of caecilian originates from South America and lives in fresh water. They grow to be 45 to 55 cm in length as adults.

    Mike Crumpler, Aquarium Team Leader at Chester Zoo, said:”If asked what an amphibian is, most people would answer frogs or toads or maybe newts and salamanders. Caecilians, of which there are about 170 species, are very much the forgotten amphibians.”



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