Family Friday

Ichthyophiidae – Asiatic Tailed Caecilians

Number of Genera: 2 – Ichthyophis (50) and Uraeotyphlus (7)
Number of Species: 57

Ichthyophiliidae is a primitive family of salamanders. They still have a true tail and scales. Members of the family lay their eggs in the ground, the larva hatch from the eggs and move into water bodies to complete their metamorphosis.

The genus Uraeotyphlus is found in the Western Ghats of India. They are relatively small for a caecilian, only reaching a foot max.

The genus Ichthyophis is found in Southeast Asia.

Images from Ajith U and Venu Govindappa

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