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Sightings arranged by: Taxonomy Location Date Scientific Name
Gymnopis multiplicata — Purple Caecilian
Also known as:
Varagua Caecilian, Central American Caecilian
Caecilians are rarely-seen amphibians that resemble giant earthworms. They spend most of their time underground, and on those rare occasions when they are seen, they are usually crossing roadways on rainy nights.
On this evening, I was with a herping group driving down the new main road from the Pan-American Highway to the west coast of Costa Rica. As the rain poured down, trip leader Bill Lamar said "It's a perfect night to find a caecilian." Not ten minutes later we spotted this one on the road. We captured it and photographed it the next day.
This caecilian was photographed on a herping trip with GreenTracks. Here is a complete list of the species we found on this GreenTracks trip.
- Leenders, T. 2001. A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica
- Savage, J. M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica
- Savage, J. M., Villa R., J. 1986. Introduction to the Herpetofauna of Costa Rica