Karsenia koreana Min, Yang, Bonett, Vieites, Brandon, and Wake, 2005

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Karsenia > Species: Karsenia koreana

Karsenia koreana Min, Yang, Bonett, Vieites, Brandon, and Wake, 2005, Nature, 435: 88. Holotype: EWU 80314, by original designation. Reported as lost by Shin, Jang, Allain, and Borzée, 2020, ZooKeys, 965: 130. Type locality: "the vicinity of Jangtae-san, Daejeon-si, Chungcheongnam-do, [South] Korea (36° 13′ N, 127° 20′ W), elevation 210 m, in a rocky forest habitat".

English Names

Korean Crevice Salamander (original publication).


Southwestern South Korea in damp mossy talus slopes and rockslides of limestone in forests of hardwoods and mixed hardwood-pine.


Nishikawa, 2009, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 28: 27-28, discussed the first collection of a specimen of this species and provided a range map. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 443–444, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 151–152, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species. Park, Choi, Kim, and Park, 2019, MtDNA, Part B, 4: 1537–1538, reported on the complete mt genome. Borzée, Andersen, Groffen, Kim, Bae, and Jang, 2019, Sci. Rep. (Nature, London), 9 (11838): 1–9, discussed climate change-based models and range shifts. Shin, Jang, Kim, and Borzée, 2020, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 39: 75–79, reported on early specimens and discussed the range. Borzée, Litvinchuk, Ri, Andersen, Nam, Jon, Man, Choe, Kwon, Othman, Messenger, Bae, Shin, Kim, Maslova, Luedtke, Hobin, Moores, Seliger, Glenk, and Jang, 2021, Animals, 11 (2057): 10, suggested that the species may be found in PDR Korea. 

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