AmphibiaWeb - Chthonerpeton indistinctum


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Chthonerpeton indistinctum (Reinhardt & L├╝tken, 1862)
family: Typhlonectidae
genus: Chthonerpeton

© 2006 John Measey (1 of 3)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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View Bd and Bsal data (15 records).

It is a typhlonectid with a body length between 99 and 530 mm and 70 to 80 incomplete primary body annuli. Secondary annulli are absent, and the skin is smooth. The dorsum is bright black, the venter is black-gray, and both are covered with minute white spots. In addition, The tentacle and the eye are surrounded by a whitish area which can or cannot be continuous. The disc area surrounding the vent is cream-white. The nostrils are dorsolateral and closer to the snout than to the eyes, and the tentacle extrudes midway between the eye and the snout. The skull is similar to that ot other typhlonectids, but with an open tentacular groove that crosses the maxillopalatine. The quadrate and pterygoid are completely fused.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay


View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.
View Bd and Bsal data (15 records).
C. indistinctum is found in temperate South America, in the Rio de la Plata basin and in drainages along the adjacent coasts.


Gudynas, E. and Williams, J. D. (1963). ''Chthonerpeton indistinctum (Reinhardt and Luetken).'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 531.1-531.2.

Originally submitted by: Franziska Sandmeier (first posted 2001-02-23)
Edited by: JG (fixing maps 7/25/01) (2001-07-25)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2001 Chthonerpeton indistinctum <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 25, 2023.

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