Taiwan Lesser Salamander
Species Description: Lai J-Sm Kye K-Y 2008 Two new Hynobius (Caudata: Hynobiidae) salamanders from Taiwan. Herpetologica 64:63-80.
Vomerine teeth are V-shaped and occur in two patches, with a total number ranging from 53-79. Upper jaw teeth range in number from 40-61 and lower jaw teeth number 45-57. There are usually 11 costal grooves, sometimes 12. Forelimbs and hindlimbs both have four toes. Limbs are short relative to trunk, with two costal grooves between adpressed limbs. Feet are small, but digits are well formed and without any webbing.
Dorsally the body is dark brown, fading towards a lighter brown on the ventral side. On the head white markings are present around the eyes especially on upper eyelids; larger markings occur on the tail. Laterally, the body, head and tail are marked with numerous speckles, with the speckles diminishing in number towards the dorsum. Individuals vary in the amount of white speckling.
Distribution and Habitat
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Lai, J.-S., Kye, K.-Y. (2008). ''Two new Hynobius (Caudata: Hynobiidae) salamanders from Taiwan.'' Herpetologica, 64(1), 63-80.
Written by Michael Li (mzl AT berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2008-09-18
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-23)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hynobius fucus: Taiwan Lesser Salamander <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/7106> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 22, 2017.
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