Onychodactylus zhaoermii Che, Poyarkov, and Yan, 2012

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

Onychodactylus zhaoermii Che, Poyarkov, and Yan In Poyarkov, Che, Min, Kuro-o, Yan, Li, Iizuka, and Vieites, 2012, Zootaxa, 3465: 70. Holotype: KIZ 06130, by original designation. Type locality: "Huashan village environs, Sanjiazi subcounty, Xiuyan County, Liaoning Province, China, altitude 542 m a. s. l.; geographic coordinates: 40° 28′ N; 123° 16′ E".

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

English Names

Liaoning Clawed Salamander (original publication).


Permanent streams in the Qianshan Mountains and the mountain areas of Liaoning peninsula in Liaoning Province of China, 500–800 m elevation; expected in adjacent P.D.R. Korea. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Likely/Controversially Present: Korea, Democratic People's Republic (North)

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


In the Onychodactylus koreanus complex, according to the original publication. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 64, provided an account, photographs, and map.  Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 51, provided a brief account, photo, and range map. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 121–122, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species.  See account, photograph, and map by Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 195–197. 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, noted that the species is expected in P.D.R. Korea. Zhou, Yu, Zhao, Wang, Wang, Dong, and Yang, 2021, Asian Herpetol. Res., 12: 337–344, reported on conservation genetics. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 41, provided a detailed account, covering systematics, life history, and distribution (including a polygon map).  

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