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

© 2007 Henk Wallays (1 of 21)

AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

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

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



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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.

Red List Status

Near Threatened (NT)


Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, and the species might be in decline because it is being collected for the pet trade, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

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. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59460A11945539. .Downloaded on 24 February 2019


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