Wednesday, October 3, 2018

From the GreenTracks Amazon Herping Tour 9/29 - 10/6, 2018

From Dante Fenolio:
Notes from the Amazon No.208: As if a Bushmaster isn’t enough to make the day (or the trip), we also turned up a caecilian. Slender Caecilians (genus Oscaecilia) occur in lower Central- and Amazonian South America. In the Iquitos region there are two species known: the enormously elongated Oscaecilia koepckeorum and the similar but smaller Oscaecilia bassleri (with which the former has been confused in some popular articles). This specimen of O. bassleri was flushed from its underground lair by a night of rainfall. Locals confuse these interesting amphibians with a large species of nightcrawler earthworm that also often appears after rains.


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