Hynobius maoershanensis

Subgenus: Hynobius
family: Hynobiidae
subfamily: Hynobiinae
Species Description: Zhou F, Jiang A-W, Jiang D-B. 2006 A new species of the genus Hynobius from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China (Caudata, Hynobiidae). Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 31:670-674.

AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
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 currently known only from the type locality, Maoershan Mountain, in Xingan County, Guangxi Province, southern China, at around 2,000m asl (Zhou et al., 2006). It is not knowh whether or not it occurs more widely.

Habitat and Ecology

This species lives in marshes and surrounding forest, breeding in pools or ponds from early November until the end of February (Zhou et al., 2006). Each female lays one pair of egg sacs containing an average of 82 eggs (Zhou et al., 2006). The male guards the eggs after oviposition (Zhou et al., 2006).


It is quite a common species in the breeding season (Zhou et al., 2006).

Population Trend


Major Threats

This species is probably being affected by the negative impacts human activities on its habitat, including road construction, tourism and some small-scale agriculture. As a high mountain species, living close to the summit of Maoershan, it is also at potential climate change.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Maoershan National Nature Reserve (which contains some agricultural areas). Research is needed to determine its population numbers, range, threats and conservation needs. Habitat protection is probably important for this species.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.


Xie Feng 2008. Hynobius maoershanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135908A4219384. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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