Turkestanian salamander

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The Turkestanian salamander (Hynobius turkestanicus) is a species of salamander in the family Hynobiidae[1] only once found in 1909 (4 animals)[2] in Central Asia somewhere "in Turkestan between Samarkand and Pamir" which can be in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan. Since then the species has not been seen in the wild. None remain in captivity. The Turkestanian salamander is currently on the list of the 10 Most Wanted Amphibians, a rediscovery effort launched by Conservation International.[3]

Turkestanian salamander
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Hynobiidae
Genus: Hynobius
H. turkestanicus
Binomial name
Hynobius turkestanicus
Nikolsky, 1909


  1. ^ a b Kuzmin, S.; Ishchenko, V.; Ananjeva, N. & Orlov, N. (2004). "Hynobius turkestanicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T59105A11881330. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59105A11881330.en. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Turkestanian salamander". Biodiversity: Species profiles. Conservation International. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ "The search for lost frogs". Campaigns. Conservation International. Retrieved 9 May 2014.