Paramesotriton hongkongensis
Hong Kong Warty Newt; Paramesotriton de Hong Kong
Subgenus: Paramesotriton
family: Salamandridae
subfamily: Pleurodelinae

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AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China, Hong Kong

View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from coastal Guangdong, including Hong Kong, in China, from 30-940m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits low- to medium-gradient hill streams and the surrounding forests. Breeding takes place in slow-flowing stream pools where the larvae also develop.


It is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

A particular threat to this species is the collection of significant numbers for the pet trade.

Conservation Actions

Its main distribution range falls within protected areas, and the Hong Kong population is protected by local legislation. This species has been widely bred in captivity.

Taxonomic Notes

We follow Thorn and Raffaëlli (2001) in recognizing this as a full species distinct from Paramesotriton chinensis.


Michael Wai Neng Lau, Bosco Chan 2004. Paramesotriton hongkongensis. In: IUCN 2014


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