Batrachuperus londongensis
Longdong Stream Salamander
Subgenus: Batrachuperus
family: Hynobiidae
subfamily: Hynobiinae
Species Description: Smith, M. A. 1940. Contributions to the herpetology of Afghanistan. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 11, 5: 382–384.

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AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is only known from the Longdong River, Mount Emei, in Sichuan Province, China, from 1,300-1,800m asl. However, it might occur a little more widely.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits the lower section of rivers and springs in forested areas and requires cool water for breeding and stones for the eggs to adhere to. Breeding is not possible in disturbed habitats.


There is no information on the current population status of this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Over-collecting for traditional Chinese medicine and food is a major threat to this species. In the past, stones were collected from the riverbed as construction materials, which impacted on the species' breeding success (although this is now controlled).

Conservation Actions

The only known locality is within a protected scenic site, Emeishan Mountain Nature and Historical Heritage Site. There remains a need to monitor and control levels of offtake of this species from the wild.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, it is known from fewer than five locations, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat and in the number of mature individuals.

Taxonomic Notes

Inger et al. (1990) regarded this taxon as a junior synonym of Batrachuperus pinchonii. It was removed from the synonymy of B. pinchonii by Ye, Fei and Hu (1993).


Wu Guanfu, Xie Feng 2004. Batrachuperus londongensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59084A11867916. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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