Chiala mountain salamander

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Chiala mountain salamander
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Hynobiidae
Genus: Batrachuperus
Species: B. karlschmidti
Binomial name
Batrachuperus karlschmidti
Liu, 1950[2]

The Chiala mountain salamander (Batrachuperus karlschmidti) is a species of salamander in the Hynobiidae family endemic to China and known from northwestern Sichuan, northeastern Tibet, and southeastern Gansu. Its validity as a species distinct from Batrachuperus tibetanus has been controversial.[3] It is named after Karl Patterson Schmidt, American herpetologist.[2][4]

The species' natural habitat are slow-flowing streams in grassland areas. It is largely aquatic but can occasionally be found on the stream bank. It is threatened by habitat loss caused by overgrazing as well as by collecting for traditional medicine.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Xie Feng (2004). "Batrachuperus karlschmidti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T59083A11867696. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Liu, C. (1950). "Amphibians of western China". Fieldiana. 87 (2): 87. 
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Batrachuperus karlschmidti Liu, 1950". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson (22 April 2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. p. 302. ISBN 978-1-907807-42-8.