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Mexican Burrowing Caecilian (Dermophis mexicanus)

…a species of “common caecilian” (Dermophiidae) which occurs in Mexico and Central America, where it reaches as far a Belize. Mexican burrowing caecilians will inhabit subtropical or tropical dry forests, moist lowland/montante forests, plantations, and even rural gardens. As suggested by its common name D. mexicanus is fossorial, living in damp soil under logs, leaf litter, and plant debris. It is also quite common in banana and coffee plantations. D. mexicanus will feed on a range of invertebrates, including worms, insects, and snails. Emerging to the surface at nights with rainfall to catch prey that comes within its reach.  

Dermophis mexicanus is currently listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN, due to the thought that its numbers have declined by more than 30% over the last ten years.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Amphibia-Gymnophiona-Dermophiidae-Dermophis-D. mexicanus

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Franco ANDREONE

Biologo della conservazione, da oltre 25 anni svolge attività di ricerca zoologica in Madagascar, dove ha scoperto e descritto molte nuove specie di anfibi e di rettili e dove coordina l’Amphibian Specialist Group dell’UICN.

Ha recentemente sostenuto Jangany con riprese audio nella Riserva di Betampona (donandole per il CD Andafy. Al di la del mare). Ha organizzato da alcuni anni le edizioni della “Giornata del Madagascar”, realizzate in alcuni fra i più importanti musei italiani di storia naturale. La prossima è a Venezia: 13 giugno 2015.