Hainan knobby newt

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Hainan knobby newt
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Salamandridae
Genus: Tylototriton
Species: T. hainanensis
Binomial name
Tylototriton hainanensis
Fei, Ye & Yang, 1984

The Hainan knobby newt (Tylototriton hainanensis) is a species of salamander in the Salamandridae family. It is found only in the island of Hainan, China. It is known from the Wuzhi Mountains, Diaoluoshan, and Jianfengling. All these locations are nature reserves. Nevertheless, the species is threatened by habitat loss and degradation due to agriculture, clear-cutting and infrastructure development for tourist activities.[1]

Hainan knobby newts live under dead leaves or root holes in heavily shaded forest in the mountains. Breeding season is in May. Their total length is 125–148 mm (4.9–5.8 in), males being larger than females.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shi Haitao; Bosco Chan (2004). "Tylototriton hainanensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Sparreboom, Max; Wu, Yunke. "Tylototriton hainanensis Fei, Ye and Yang, 1984". Salamanders of China LifeDesk. Retrieved 3 January 2013.