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Caeciliidae
Siphonops annulatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona
Family: Caeciliidae
Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1814
Genera

Boulengerula
Brasilotyphlus
Caecilia
Dermophis
Gegeneophis
Geotrypetes
Grandisonia
Gymnopis
Herpele
Hypogeophis
Idiocranium
Indotyphlus
Luetkenotyphlus
Microcaecilia
Mimosiphonops
Oscaecilia
Parvicaecilia
Praslinia
Schistometopum
Siphonops

Caeciliidae is the family of common caecilians. They are found in Central and South America, equatorial Africa and India. Like other caecilians, they look like worms or snakes.

Although they are the most diverse of the caecilian families, the caeciliids do have a number of features in common that make them different from other caecilians. In particular, their skulls have few bones. The ones tey have are fused to form a solid ram. This helps in digging through the soil. The mouth is beneath the nose area. There is no tail.

Many caeciliids lay their eggs in moist soil. The eggs then hatch into aquatic larvae. However, some species do not have a larval stage. The eggs hatch into juveniles with the same form as the adults. In some they lack eggs and give birth to live young.

Species

  • Genus Boulengerula – Boulenger's Caecilians
    • Boulengerula boulengeri
    • Boulengerula changamwensis
    • Boulengerula denhardti
    • Boulengerula fischeri
    • Boulengerula niedeni
    • Boulengerula taitana
    • Boulengerula uluguruensis
  • Genus Brasilotyphlus – Brazilian Caecilians
    • Brasilotyphlus braziliensis
    • Brasilotyphlus guarantanus
  • Genus Caecilia – Common Caecilians
    • Caecilia abitaguae
    • Caecilia albiventris
    • Caecilia antioquiaensis
    • Caecilia armata
    • Caecilia attenuata
    • Caecilia bokermanni
    • Caecilia caribea
    • Caecilia corpulenta
    • Caecilia crassisquama
    • Caecilia degenerata
    • Caecilia disossea
    • Caecilia dunni
    • Caecilia flavopunctata
    • Caecilia gracilis
    • Caecilia guntheri
    • Caecilia inca
    • Caecilia isthmica
    • Caecilia leucocephala
    • Caecilia marcusi
    • Caecilia mertensi
    • Caecilia nigricans
    • Caecilia occidentalis
    • Caecilia orientalis
    • Caecilia pachynema
    • Caecilia perdita
    • Caecilia pressula
    • Caecilia subdermalis
    • Caecilia subnigricans
    • Caecilia subterminalis
    • Caecilia tentaculata
    • Caecilia tenuissima
    • Caecilia thompsoni
    • Caecilia volcani
  • Genus Caecilita
    • Caecilita iwokramae
  • Genus Dermophis – Mexican Caecilians
    • Dermophis costaricensis
    • Dermophis glandulosus
    • Dermophis gracilior
    • Dermophis mexicanus
    • Dermophis oaxacae
    • Dermophis occidentalis
    • Dermophis parviceps
  • Genus Gegeneophis – Forest Caecilians
    • Gegeneophis carnosus
    • Gegeneophis danieli, Daniel's caecilian
    • Gegeneophis fulleri
    • Gegeneophis goaensis
    • Gegeneophis krishni
    • Gegeneophis madhavai
    • Gegeniophis mhadeiensis
    • Gegeneophis nadkarnii
    • Gegeneophis ramaswamii
    • Gegeneophis seshachari
  • Genus Geotrypetes – West African Caecilians
    • Geotrypetes angeli
    • Geotrypetes pseudoangeli
    • Geotrypetes seraphini, Gaboon caecilian
  • Genus Grandisonia – Seychelles Caecilians
    • Grandisonia alternans
    • Grandisonia brevis
    • Grandisonia larvata
    • Grandisonia sechellensis
  • Genus Gymnopis – Wet Forest Caecilians
  • Genus Herpele – Congo Caecilians
    • Herpele multiplicata
    • Herpele squalostoma
  • Genus Hypogeophis – Frigate Island Caecilian
    • Hypogeophis rostratus
  • Genus Idiocranium – Makumuno Assumbo Caecilian
    • Idiocranium russeli
  • Genus Indotyphlus – Battersby's Caecilians
    • Indotyphlus battersbyi
    • Indotyphlus maharashtraensis
  • Genus Luetkenotyphlus – São Paulo Caecilian
    • Luetkenotyphlus brasiliensis
  • Genus Microcaecilia – Tiny Caecilians
  • Genus Mimosiphonops – Worm Patterned Caecilians
    • Mimosiphonops reinhardti
    • Mimosiphonops vermiculatus
  • Genus Oscaecilia – South American Caecilians
    • Oscaecilia bassleri
    • Oscaecilia elongata
    • Oscaecilia equatorialis
    • Oscaecilia hypereumeces
    • Oscaecilia koepckeorum
    • Oscaecilia ochrocephala
    • Oscaecilia osae
    • Oscaecilia polyzona
    • Oscaecilia zweifeli
  • Genus Parvicaecilia – Columbian Caecilians
    • Parvicaecilia nicefori
    • Parvicaecilia pricei
  • Genus Praslinia – Cooper's Caecilian
    • Praslinia cooperi
  • Genus Schistometopum – Guinae Caecilians
    • Schistometopum gregorii
    • Schistometopum thomense
  • Genus Siphonops – Ringed Caecilians
  • Genus Sylvacaecilia – Aleku Caecilian

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