Hynobius quelpaertensis

Hynobius quelpaertensis, the Jeju salamander, also spelled Cheju salamander, is a species of salamander found on various islands and peninsulas off the southwestern coast of the Korean Peninsula, including Jindo, Geojedo, Jejudo, and Namhae.[1] It inhabits moist mountain forests.

Hynobius quelpaertensis
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Hynobiidae
Genus: Hynobius
H. quelpaertensis
Binomial name
Hynobius quelpaertensis
Mori, 1928

Jeju salamanders are speckled brown in color. Adult males are 8–14 cm (3–6 in) in length, and adult females 7–11 cm (3–4 in). Males are also distinguished by their thick front legs and black coloration on their backs. This species mates from March to late April, laying eggs under small rocks and leaves in mountain pools.

The Jeju salamander was previously considered a subspecies of the Korean salamander, and was classified as Hynobius leechii quelpaertensis.[2]

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  1. ^ a b IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2019. Hynobius quelpaertensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T119242042A110101600. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-1.RLTS.T119242042A110101600.en. Downloaded on 21 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Hynobius quelpaertensis". Amphibian Species of the World 5.0. Archived from the original on 13 September 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2012.