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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3666.4.1

Systematics of the caecilian family Chikilidae (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) with the description of three new species of Chikila from northeast India

RACHUNLIU G. KAMEI, DAVID J. GOWER, MARK WILKINSON, S. D. BIJU

Abstract


A taxonomic review of the monogeneric northeast Indian caecilian family Chikilidae is presented based on 64 specimens. Chikila fulleri (Alcock, 1904), known previously only from a single specimen collected more than 100 years ago, is re-diagnosed and characterised based on recent collections. We describe three additional species new to science, Chikila al-cocki sp. nov., Chikila darlong sp. nov., and Chikila gaiduwani sp. nov. This species-level taxonomy is consistent with mitochondrial DNA sequence data. A key to the species of Chikila is presented.


Keywords


DNA, herpetology, identification key, morphology, taxonomy

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