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Andrias davidianus

Basic information
Scientific name Andrias davidianus

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チュウゴクオオサンショウウオ
Common names Chinese Giant Salamander
Higher taxon Cryptobranchidae, Caudata, Amphibia
Natural range The mountain streams of China, from Qinghai to southern Shanxi and south to Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guangdong, 100-1500 m elevation.
Habitat Mountain streams.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Wide area of Kamogawa and a part of Katsuragawa River Systems, Kyoto. Range in Japan
Origin
Date Unknown. The established population possibly originate from the imported salamanders for food in 1972.
Route Unknown. The established population possibly originate from the imported salamanders for food in 1972.
Impact Serious introgressive hybridization with the native population of A. japonicus has occurred in Kaomogawa River. A study clarified that most of the giant salamanders in Kamogawa River were hybrid.
Affected organism: Japanese giant salamander Andrias japonicus
Regulation in Japan There is no legal control for eradication. This species is protected by CITES (Appendix I) and a Chinese law.
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. 2012. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. Available: http://amphibiaweb.org/. (Accessed on 2010-05-06).
  • Frost (2009) Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.3 (12 February, 2009). http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/ . AMNH, New York, USA.
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