Jeju salamander

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Jeju salamander
Hynobius quelpaertensis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lissamphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Hynobiidae
Genus: Hynobius
Species: H. quelpaertensis
Binomial name
Hynobius quelpaertensis
Mori, 1928

The Jeju salamander, also spelled Cheju salamander, Hynobius quelpaertensis, 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.

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]


  1. ^ a b Masafumi Matsui (2004). "Hynobius quelpaertensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hynobius quelpaertensis". Amphibian Species of the World 5.0. Archived from the original on 13 September 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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