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Praslinia cooperi (Cooper's black caecilian)

Wikipedia Abstract

Praslin's caecilian, Praslinia cooperi, is a species of caecilian in the family Indotyphlidae. It is monotypic in the genus Praslinia. It is found on Mahé and Silhouette Islands in the Seychelles. An old reported sighting on its namesake Praslin is not known to be correct.
View Wikipedia Record: Praslinia cooperi

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Praslinia cooperi

EDGE Analysis

Very little is known about Cooper’s black caecilian. This species reaches a total length of 230 mm and is limbless with very small eyes. It is similar in appearance to an earthworm and is only found in a range of 20 km sq. (an area a third the size of Manhattan Island), spending most of its life in underground burrows. It is not common, and nothing is known of its population trend in the wild. The main threat is habitat degradation, due to fire and invasive species. It may also be inherently at risk because of its small range, rendering it vulnerable to factors such as ecological disasters and climate change.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 80.8
EDGE Score: 5.79
View EDGE Record: Praslinia cooperi


Adult Length [1]  9 inches (23 cm)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (incl. Tayrona NP) National Park II 1031303 Colombia  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles Yes

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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