This newly discovered ‘caecilian’ represents an entirely new family of amphibians. The research team who found the limbless creatures spent five years digging in over 250 spots across northern India. “Because of their burrowing nature and cryptic appearance, they are very difficult to see above the soil,” said biologist S.D. Biju, of the University of Delhi. Remarkably, the family’s closest relatives live more than 11,265 kilometers away in tropical Africa.
Source: National Geographic
Photograph courtesy S.D. Biju