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New species of legless amphibian discovered

By T.K. Randall
January 18, 2015 · Comment icon 9 comments



Caecilians are worm-like legless amphibians. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 PLoS
A strange new type of amphibian that looks like a snake has been found in the Cambodian rainforest.
The peculiar species, which can grow up to 1.5m long and resembles a giant earthworm, was discovered in Cambodia's south-west Cardamom Mountains where habitat loss has been a growing concern in recent years.

Named Ichthyophis cardamomensis, the unusual new creature is actually a type of legless amphibian known as a caecilian and is typically found living underground.
It was discovered in the rainforest alongside several other new species by a conservation team headed by herpetologist Neang Thy of Fauna and Flora International (FFI).

"These discoveries are important to demonstrate that much of Cambodia's biodiversity remains unknown and unstudied by science, and many more areas need to be searched," he said.

Conservationists have warned however that given the amount of illegal logging going on in the region the new species could end up going extinct not long after being discovered.

Source: ABC.net.au | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by shrooma 8 years ago
QUOTE- Conservationists have warned however that given the amount of illegal logging going on in the region the new species could end up going extinct not long after being discovered. . not for the first time. not fot the last either..... .
Comment icon #2 Posted by bubblykiss 8 years ago
Well I would hate to live in a world where these nightmare looking creatures do not exist. No wait.....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
Well I would hate to live in a world where these nightmare looking creatures do not exist. No wait..... Not everything is a fluffy bunny. Besides it's quite harmless unless you are a beetle grub.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Skep B 8 years ago
So THATS what deep sea fishermen use for bait
Comment icon #5 Posted by aria7 8 years ago
looks like a funky big worm !! cool .
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
They probably only found it because the loggers were eating them... :w00t:
Comment icon #7 Posted by Karasu 8 years ago
Ugh. I get the willies just looking at it.
Comment icon #8 Posted by SpiritWriter 8 years ago
I wish it was next to something so we can get a visual of its size
Comment icon #9 Posted by SpiritWriter 8 years ago
its name is: ichthyophis cardamomensis... lol I just had some cardamom in my rice today


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