Paramesotriton hongkongensis (Myers and Leviton, 1962)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Paramesotriton > Species: Paramesotriton hongkongensis

Trituroides hongkongensis Myers and Leviton, 1962, Occas. Pap. Div. Syst. Biol. Stanford Univ., 10: 1. Holotype: CAS-SU 6378, by original designation. Type locality: "a mountain stream, on the Peak, Hong Kong Island", China.

Paramesotriton hongkongensisFreytag, 1962, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 38: 451–459; Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 45.

Paramesotriton chinensis hongkongensisFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 61–62; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 90.

Paramesotriton (Paramesotriton) hongkongensisDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 49, 65.

English Names

Hong Kong Warty Newt (Karsen, Lau, and Bogadek, 1986, Hong Kong Amph. Rept.: 15; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35; Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 48).

Hong Kong Newt (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 33; Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 329).


Northern (Huizhou and Logmen) central (Dongguan) and coastal Guangdong adjacent to and including Hongkong, 270–940 m elevation.


Removed from the synonymy of Paramesotriton chensis by Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 45, where it had been placed by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 90. See account by Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 329-331. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2006, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 1: 306-310, provided an account and range map. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (for nominal Paramesotriton hongkongensis) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 642. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 85, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 114-115, provided an account, photographs, and map. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 159–160, provided a brief account, range map, and photograph. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 293–296, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species. Jono, Nishikawa, Ding, and Tang, 2014, Herpetol. Rev., 651: 651, provided a range extension to Longyandong Forest Park in Dongguan, Guangdong, China, and briefly discussed the range. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 380–383, provided an account, photograph, and range map. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 18, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph.   

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