Boulengerula fischeri

Boulengerula fischeri

Boulengerula fischeri

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Boulengerula fischeri

Boulengerula fischeri is a species of caecilian in the family Herpelidae. It is endemic to Rwanda and only known from around its type locality near Cyangugu, southwestern Rwanda. The specific name fischeri honours Eberhard Fischer, a German botanist who has worked with Rwandan fauna and flora. Common name Fischer's African caecilian has been coined for it. Live animals have the appearance of "live pink spaghetti".

Appearance

Adult males measure 301–386 mm (11.9–15.2 in) and adult females 257–397 mm (10.1–15.6 in) in total length. The holotype is an immature female 191 mm (7.5 in) in total length. The heaviest specimens weighs nearly 5 grams (0.2 oz). The body is very slender, with a maximum body width of 4.6 mm (0.2 in). There are 183–205 primary annuli. Colouration is pinkish, with the head and neck and the posterior few centimeters of the body a brighter pink than the midbody, or a paler pink head, vivid pink anteriorly, and the body becoming more lavender posteriorly.

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References

1. Boulengerula fischeri Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulengerula_fischeri
2. Boulengerula fischeri on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/59497/13323620

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