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 (sə-sĭl′yən, -sĭl′ē-ən, -sēl′-)
Any of various legless, burrowing amphibians of the order Gymnophiona, having numerous grooved rings encircling the body, and found chiefly in tropical regions.

[From Latin caecilia, a kind of lizard, from caecus, blind (from its small eyes).]


(Animals) any tropical limbless cylindrical amphibian of the order Apoda (or Gymnophiona), resembling earthworms and inhabiting moist soil
[C19: from Latin caecilia a kind of lizard, from caecus blind]


(siˈsɪl i ən)

a wormlike, burrowing tropical amphibian of the order Gymnophiona.
[1875–80; < Latin caecili(a) blindworm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caecilian - any of the small slender limbless burrowing wormlike amphibians of the order Gymnophionacaecilian - any of the small slender limbless burrowing wormlike amphibians of the order Gymnophiona; inhabit moist soil in tropical regions
amphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
Caeciliadae, Caeciliidae, family Caeciliadae, family Caeciliidae - coextensive with the order Gymnophiona: legless amphibians
Adj.1.caecilian - of or relating to or belonging to the family Caeciliidae
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Amphibians and Reptiles" uses detailed color photographs and narrative text to present portraits of three types of amphibians, including frogs and toads, salamanders and newts, and caecilians.
Toads, newts, sala-|manders and caecilians (blind worms) are also members of the amphibian group.
The fungus seemed unable to attack frogs, toads or legless snake-shaped amphibians called caecilians.
Armed with DNA sequence data, Alex Pyron, an assistant professor of biology at the George Washington University, sought to accurately piece together the 300-million-year storyline of how frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians have moved across the planet throughout time.
Wiens, A large-scale phylogeny of Amphibia including over 2800 species, and a revised classification of extant frogs, salamanders, and caecilians, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Volume 61, Issue 2, November 2011, pp.
of Suriname) present an inventory of the Anurans and Caecilians that comprise the northern South American country's fauna.
The Rhyacotritonidae and Sirenidae (Willett, 1965) have identical genital kidney duct morphologies that are different from all other salamanders but similar to that of caecilians (Wake, 1970).
Believed to be descended from lobe-finned fishes, modern amphibians are divided into three groups--frogs and toads, salamanders, and caecilians.
Likewise, preserving more amphibian habitat--especially in Latin America, which has the largest number of threatened amphibian species, and the Caribbean, where upwards of 80 percent of amphibians are at risk--will be key to the survival of our frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians.
Amphibians occur in three main groups -- frogs and toads, salamanders and caecilians.
of Wroclaw, Poland) details the reproduction of amphibians in the three extant orders of caecilians, salamanders, and frogs and toads, which differ not only in external morphology, she explains, but also in reproductive modes.