New family of legless amphibians found in India

Scientists have discovered a new family of legless amphibians while digging through the mud in northeast India. The Chikilidae is the 10th edition to the caecilian group of amphibians, which are a group of amphibians that resemble earthworms. This family lives hidden in the ground, and its skin has numerous lines, giving it a segmented appearance. The new species was found while the researchers were digging around at 250 locations looking for the amphibians. "DNA analysis has confirmed that this is an entirely new family," S.D. Biju, a professor at the University of Delhi who led the project with team members from Britain and Belgium, told AFP. "Habitat destruction is a big problem for amphibians worldwide, and discoveries like this prove that we must protect the environment to save parts of the natural world we know little about," he said. The Chikilidae, which was a name used by the local Garo tribal language, are about eight inches long and lay nearly 10-inches in the Earth. The eyesight of the caecilian g

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