Korean Crevice Salamander, Ikkee dorongyong
Species Description: Min MS, Yang SY, Bonett RM, Vieites DR, Brandon RA, Wake DB 2005 Discovery of the first Asian plethodontid salamander. Nature 435:87-90
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General coloration is dark, especially along the flanks, but with a dorsal reddish or brownish stripe that extends from the tip of the snout and all along the body and tail. The stripe is most vivid in the pelvic and tail base region. The venter is gray, lighter than the flanks.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Korea, Republic of
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species was discovered 34 years before its description; a specimen has been found in the collection of the Institute for Amphibian Biology, Hiroshima University, Japan, that was collected in 1971 from Mt. Gyeryong by a joint Korean-Japanese team (Nishikawa 2009).
Karyotype is 2N=28, with all 14 chromosomes bi-armed and no heteromorphic sex chromosomes. C-banding shows that heterochromatin is concentrated mainly at the centromeres. The genome is large; around 53.5 pg (Sessions et al. 2008).
Min, M.S., Yang, S.Y., Bonett, R.M., Vieites, D.R., Brandon, R.A., and Wake, D.B. (2005). ''Discovery of the first Asian plethodontid salamander.'' Nature, 435, 87-90.
Nishikawa, K. (28). ''The first specimen of Karsenia koreana (Caudata: Plethodontidae) collected 34 years before its descript.'' Current Herpetology, (27-28).
Sessions, S. K., Stöck, M., Vieites, D. R., Quarles, R., Min, M.-S., and Wake, D. B. (2008). ''Cytogenetic analysis of the Asian plethodontid salamander, Karsenia koreana: evidence for karyotypic conservation, chromosome repatterning, and genome size evolution.'' Chromosome Research, 16, 563-574.
Written by David Wake (wakelab AT berkeley.edu), Prof Emeritus UC Berkeley
First submitted 2005-05-04
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-11-09)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Karsenia koreana: Korean Crevice Salamander <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6429> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 26, 2016.
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