Yellow-spotted salamander

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The yellow-spotted salamander (Pseudohynobius flavomaculatus) is a species of salamander in the family Hynobiidae, endemic to China, where it is known from Nanchuan in Chongqing (formerly Sichuan), Suiyang in Guizhou, Lichuan in Hubei, and Sangzhi in Hunan Province.[1][2] However, genetic methods have revealed cryptic species within the LiuaPseudohynobius complex, and the actual distribution of the yellow-spotted salamander is turning out to be different. Only animals from Lichuan in Hubei and Sangzhi have been positively identified as being yellow-spotted salamanders,[3] whereas animals collected from Nanchuan were described as a new species, P. jinfo, by Wei et al. in 2009.[4]

Yellow-spotted salamander
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Hynobiidae
Genus: Pseudohynobius
P. flavomaculatus
Binomial name
Pseudohynobius flavomaculatus
(Hu & Fei, 1978)

Ranodon flavomaculatus (Hu & Fei, 1978)

The yellow-spotted salamander, known locally as fei,[2] has a total length of 158–189 mm (6.2–7.4 in) in males and 138–180 mm (5.4–7.1 in) in females.


  1. ^ a b Fei, Liang & Ye, Changyuan (2004). "Pseudohynobius flavomaculatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T59111A11882806. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59111A11882806.en.
  2. ^ a b Fei, L. (1999). Atlas of Amphibians of China (in Chinese). Zhengzhou: Henan Press of Science and Technology. p. 32. ISBN 978-7-5349-1835-3.
  3. ^ Zeng, X.; Fu, J.; Chen, L.; Tian, Y.; Chen, X. (2006). "Cryptic species and systematics of the hynobiid salamanders of the LiuaPseudohynobius complex: Molecular and phylogenetic perspectives". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 34 (6): 467–477. doi:10.1016/j.bse.2006.01.006.
  4. ^ Wei, Gang; Jian-Li Xiong; Mian Hou; Xiao-Mao Zeng (2009). "A new species of hynobiid salamander (Urodela: Hynobiidae: Pseudohynobius) from Southwestern China". Zootaxa. 2149: 62–68. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.2149.1.3.

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