Batrachuperus taibaiensis Song, Zeng, Wu, Liu, and Fu, 2001

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Hynobiidae > Subfamily: Hynobiinae > Genus: Batrachuperus > Species: Batrachuperus taibaiensis

Batrachuperus taibaiensis Song, Zeng, Wu, Liu, and Fu, 2001, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 9: 6. Holotype: NIEA 860122, by original designation. Type locality: "upper stream of Heihe River, near Hua Er Ping Village, Zhouzhi County, Shaanxi Province, China (33.85° N, 107.82° E)". 

English Names

Taibai Stream Salamander (Song, Zeng, Wu, Liu, and Fu, 2001, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 9: 6f).


Southern Shaanxi, southeastern Gansu, and northeastern Sichuan, China. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


See comment under Batrachuperus tibetanus, which several authors consider to be a senior synonym, for additional access to literature.  The status of Batrachuperus taibaiensis is controversial; treated, without comment, as a synonym by Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph., but subsequently (Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 249) treated as a formal synonym, however, without discussion. : 48–56, recognized Batrachuperus taibaiensis as distinct from Batrachuperus tibetanus on the basis of COI mtDNA and noted that the cytb mtDNA results of  Fu, Wang, Zeng, Liu, and Zheng, 2001, Copeia, 2001: 1100–1107, which suggested that Batrachuperus taibaiensis and Batrachuperus tibetanus were conspecific, was due to incomplete lineage sorting. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 60, provided a detailed account, covering systematics, life history, and distribution (including a polygon map).  

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