A new species of our favorite worm-like amphibian, the caecilian, has been discovered in the Belgaum district in Southwestern India. Named Gegeneophis mhadeiensis, three specimens were collected and are described in the most recent issue of Current Science.
Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India along with independent researchers found the critters in the Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary. This place seems to churn out a few new species each week, but few are as cuddly as the caecilian.
“It is commonly known as a two-headed snake but a closer look brings out the ringed nature of the amphibian creature,” Gopalkrishna Bhatta, an independent researcher, told PTI from Shimoga in Karnataka. These Caecilian’s live in marshy, moist earth and feed on earthworms and decaying matter.
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In a follow-up to a somewhat gruesome older post about caecilians feeding their own flesh to their offspring, here is a video actually showing it. Adorable!