Caecilia abitaguae
family: Caeciliidae

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ecuador

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from two localities in the Ecuadorian Andes: Abitagua, near Banos, on the slopes of the Cordillera Oriental, at around 1,400-1,600m asl (this is the type locality); and from the Cordillera del Condór in Morona Santiago Province.

Habitat and Ecology

It is subterranean and lives in primary and secondary forest, where it makes nests under tree trunks or rocks, where the conditions are humid. It probably lays eggs that develop directly, without a larval stage.


There is no information on the population status of this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no information on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

The type locality of this species is in Parque Nacional Llanganates, and it also occurs in Parque Nacional Sangay. It is in need of taxonomic review (Wilkinson pers. comm.).

Taxonomic Notes

The taxonomic status of this species is unclear.


Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Ana Almendáriz, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Caecilia abitaguae. In: IUCN 2014


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