This species is known from the Dabieshan area (Hubei, Henan, and Anhui Provinces) in central China, from 380-1,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits slow-flowing hill streams in forested areas. Breeding and larval development take place in streams.
It is an uncommon species.
Over-collecting for human consumption is a major threat to this species. It is also probably threatened by habitat destruction and degradation, due to human settlement and smallholder farming activities.
Several protected areas occur within the species' range. There is a need to implement measures to ensure that the offtake of this species from the wild is managed in a sustainable manner. This salamander is included in several captive breeding programmes in Europe.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, and in the number of mature individuals due to over-collecting.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Fei Liang 2004. Pachyhynobius shangchengensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59109A11882316. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59109A11882316.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019