AmphibiaWeb - Hynobius leechii


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Hynobius leechii Boulenger, 1887
Northeastern China Hynobiid Salamander
Subgenus: Hynobius
family: Hynobiidae
subfamily: Hynobiinae
genus: Hynobius

© 2009 Hyun-tae Kim (1 of 18)

AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status Listed as "sensitive" in the China Red Data book, but no official government listing.
Regional Status None
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View Bd and Bsal data (37 records).

The tail is shorter than snout-vent length. The coloration is blackish-brown above, dispersed with a greyish-brown pattern. Vomerine teeth in V-shape. Gular fold present. 11-13 costal grooves.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of, Korea, Republic of


View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.
View Bd and Bsal data (37 records).
These salamanders are found in northeast China in the following areas: Liaoning (Xiongyue), Jilin, and Heilongjiang.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
These salamanders breed in lentic pools in mountain areas. Each female deposits a pair of egg sacs underwater. Little information is available at this time, but during the non-breeding season, adults are thought to be active at night on land.

Trends and Threats
It is believed that the populations have declined rapidly but there are few data available.


Zhao, E. (1998). China Red Data Book of Endangered Animals: Amphibia and Reptilia. Science Press: Endangered Species Scientific Commission, P.R.C., Beijing.

Originally submitted by: Yuezhao Wang (first posted 1999-11-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 1999 Hynobius leechii: Northeastern China Hynobiid Salamander <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Nov 30, 2023.

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