Onychodactylus koreanus Min, Poyarkov, and Vieites, 2012

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Hynobiidae > Subfamily: Onychodactylinae > Genus: Onychodactylus > Species: Onychodactylus koreanus

Onychodactylus koreanus Min, Poyarkov, and Vieites In Poyarkov, Che, Min, Kuro-o, Yan, Li, Iizuka, and Vieites, 2012, Zootaxa, 3465: 50. Holotype: EWNJM 80316, by original designation. Type locality: "SinGi-Myeon environs, Samcheok-shi, Gangwon-do, Korea, 400 m a.s.l.; geographic coordinates: 37° 20′ N; 129° 03′ E."

Onychodactylus (Onychodactylus) koreanusDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77-161.

English Names

Korean Clawed Salamander (original publication).

Gorichire Salamander (Yang, Kim, Min, and Suh, 2001, Monogr. Korean Amph.: 46 [as Onychodactylus fischeri]).


Republic of Korea in the Baekdudaegan and Taebaeksanmaek Mountains (reported from provinces Gangwon-do, Gyeonggi-do; Chungcheongbuk-do; Chungcheongnam-do; Gyeongsangbuk-do; Gyeongsangnam-do; Jeollabuk-do; Jeollanam-do); extending into southwestern and southeastern P.D.R. Korea. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Korea, Democratic People's Republic (North), Korea, Republic of (South)


In the Onychodactylus koreanus complex, according to the original publication. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 50, provided a brief account, photo, and range map. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 113–116, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species. 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): 1–37, provided a modeled distribution that shows the species extending into P.D.R. Korea. Shin, Min, and Borzée, 2021, Ecol. Evol., 11: 14669–14688, provided a dot map, including new records from southwestern and southeastern P.D.R. Korea, distribution modeling that  predicts range shifts and drastic decrease of suitable habitats in response to climate change in the relatively near future. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 39–40, provided a detailed account, covering systematics, life history, and distribution (including a polygon map). Andersen, Chuang, Choe, Kim, Kwon, Jang, and Borzée, 2022, Zool. Stud., Taipei, 61(25): 1–10, reported on the elevational range (44–1266 m) in Rep. Korea. Borzée, 2024, Continental NE Asian Amph.: 163–167, provided a detailed account (distribution including a polygon map, habitat, ecology, conservation, photos, identification tools) for northeastern Asia. 

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