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On the taxonomic status of Gegeneophis nadkarnii Bhatta & Prashanth, 2004 (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Indotyphlidae)

Gower, David J and Giri, Varad and Torsekar, Varun R and Gaikwad, Kshamata and Wilkinson, Mark (2013) On the taxonomic status of Gegeneophis nadkarnii Bhatta & Prashanth, 2004 (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Indotyphlidae). In: ZOOTAXA, 3609 (2). pp. 204-212.

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Abstract

Examination of type material and new collections from Goa, southern Maharashtra and northern Karnataka, leads to the conclusion that Gegeneophis nadkarnii Bhatta & Prashanth, 2004 is a subjective junior synonym of Gegeneophis danieli Giri, Wilkinson & Gower, 2003. The purported differences between these species are very minor and attributable to normal individual variation, except for some features of the dentition that are peculiar to the exceptionally abnormal paratype of G. nadkarnii. This taxonomic revision extends the known geographic range of G. danieli and suggests it could be transferred from Data Deficient to Least Concern status in the IUCN Red List.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to MAGNOLIA PRESS, NEW ZEALAND
Keywords: caecilian;conservation;Gegeneophis danieli;India;synonymy;taxonomy;Western Ghats
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 05:28
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 05:18
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46078

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