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Boulengerula niedeni (Sagalla caecilian)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Sagala Caecilian (Boulengerula niedeni) is a worm-like amphibian first described in 2005. The species was described from a specimen discovered on Sagala Hill, an isolated mountain block of the Taita Hills in Kenya. Because of the small range of this species, it is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It has been listed as one of the top-10 "focal species" in 2008 by the Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) project.
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
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EDGE Analysis

The long, worm-like Sagalla caecilian is only found in an area equivalent to half the size of Manhattan Island on the isolated Sagalla Hill in south-eastern Kenya. It is a burrowing species that lays eggs, which the females subsequently guard until they hatch. Feeding primarily on earth worms and termites, this species detects its prey by picking up chemical signals through an acute sense of smell and taste, and it uses specialised sensory tentacles on either side of its head to feel it way. It is threatened by the clearance of native vegetation and subsequent soil erosion in its habitat, and by the Eucalyptus plantations on Sagalla Hill.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
31
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
95
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 60.07
EDGE Score: 6.88
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Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Taita Hills Kenya

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Citations

Species recognized by , , in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
EDGE analysis provided by EDGE of Existence programme, Zoological Society of London
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access