Saturday, August 17, 2013

[Herpetology • 2013] Ichthyophis pauli • A New Striped Ichthyophis (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) from Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo)


Ichthyophis pauli
Nishikawa, Matsui, Sudin & Wong 2013

Abstract
A new striped Ichthyophis is described based on one adult male collected from the southeastern slope of Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia. The new species is characterized by the absence of yellow marking on the jaw angle and the presence of a lateral stripe on most of the collar region, and is distinguished from all other striped congeners by a combination of characters that includes body size and proportion, position of tentacles, shape of annular grooves, and number of annuli, scale rows, and splenial teeth. The anterior phallodeum morphology is also described for the new species.

Keywords: Caecilian, Ichthyophis, New species, Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo

K. Nishikawa, M. Matsui, A. Sudin, and A. Wong. 2013. A New Striped Ichthyophis (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) from Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Current Herpetology. 32 (2), 159-169.

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