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Old 27th November 2012   #1
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A few months ago I saw a video about an unidentified typhlonectid caecilian:
Unidentified Aquatic Caecilian - YouTube
This animal has a higher dorsal fin than T. natans (Tapley (2009) wrote that this is true for T. compressicauda).The uploader of the video mentioned that the animal was caught in Río Nanay, which is outside of the western edge of the area of T. compressicauda was figured in Tapley's article. The cloacal disc cannot be seen for clear identification.
Here is a photo about a similar type of caecilian: http://www.enzou.net/Photo/Other/Hiraoasinasi.jpg and other specimens identified as T. compressicauda: www.cetolys.net, Nova aquisição: Typhlonectes compressicauda
Is it possible that this unknown animal would be an other T. compressicauda? (I know that T. natans is often misidentified in a lots of photos)



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