This species is present in Zhejiang Province (Zhenhai, Xiaoshan, Wenling, Yiwu, Beilun and Zhoushan [including Zhoushan Dao Island]), China. It is present at elevations of 50-200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits forests and arable fields in hilly areas. It breeds in pools and small streams where the larvae also develop.
It is common in most of its localities.
This species is threatened by habitat loss, due to clear-cutting, and water pollution (presumably by agrochemicals).
There are no protected areas within the range of this species, and there is a need for improved protection and maintenance of existing forest habitat in its range.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Zhejiang Province, China.
Hynobius yiwuensis is here treated as a valid species, separate from H. chinensis, following Fei et al. (1999) and Fu et al. (2003).
Xie Feng 2004. Hynobius yiwuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59106A11881588. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59106A11881588.en .Downloaded on 22 November 2018