Hynobius formosanus
Taiwan Salamander, Formosan Hynobiid
Subgenus: Poyarius
family: Hynobiidae
subfamily: Hynobiinae

© 2016 Arnaud Jamin (1 of 2)

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: Taiwan


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to the high mountain ranges of Taiwan, Province of China, at around 2,100m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits primary forests. Breeding takes place in headwater streams and underground seepages where the larvae also develop.


It is known to be rare, and is seldom encountered.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threat is habitat destruction and degradation, mainly due to the development of infrastructure for tourism.

Conservation Actions

This is a protected species in Taiwan, Province of China. It is present in Ray-yuan Nature Reserve and Taroko National Park.


Lue Kuangyang, Chou Wenhao 2004. Hynobius formosanus. In: IUCN 2014


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