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). Likely to extend north into the P.D.R. Korea but no collections are available from there.


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.  

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