Liua tsinpaensis (Liu & Hu, 1966)
Taxonomic Notes: Placed in Pseudohynobius by Fei, Ye, Jiang 2012 Colored Atlas of Chinese Amphibians and their Distributions, who ignored Zhang et al. 2006 PNAS and Zheng et al. 2011 Mol Biol Evol 28:2521-2535. Dubois & Raffaelli 2012 Alytes also ignored these studies and erected a monotypic genus Tsinpa for this species.
For adult salamanders, gold and dark brown interweave dorsally to create irregular, cloudlike patterns. Brown ventral side is sporadically blotted with tiny white dots (Fei and Ye 2000).
Liua tsinpaensis larvae have a light brown head and dorsum, with black blotches and patterns. Tail fin fold displays various sized black patches. Flank is silverish white in color, and ventrum is completely white. Limbs are light brown. Toes on both forelimbs and hindlimbs are black at the tips (Fei and Ye 2000).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species is rare (Fei and Ye 2000).
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Fei, L. and Ye, C. (2001). The Colour Handbook of the Amphibians of Sichuan. Chinese Forestry Publishing House, Beijing.
IUCN (2008). 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 10 October 2008.
Originally submitted by: Michael Li (first posted 2008-10-10)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-11-11)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Liua tsinpaensis: Tsinpa Salamander <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3911> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 31, 2023.
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