Turkestanian salamander

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

The Turkestanian salamander (Hynobius turkestanicus) is a species of salamander in the Hynobiidae family[1] once found in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Several specimens were collected in 1909,[2] but 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]


  1. ^ a b Kuzmin, S.; Ishchenko, V.; Ananjeva, N. & Orlov, N. (2004). "Hynobius turkestanicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  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.