Pachyhynobius shangchengensis Fei, Qu, and Wu, 1983

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Hynobiidae > Subfamily: Hynobiinae > Genus: Pachyhynobius > Species: Pachyhynobius shangchengensis

Pachyhynobius shangchengensis Fei, Qu, and Wu, 1983, Amph. Res., Kunming, 1: 1. Holotype: XNC 00227, by original designation. Type locality: "Shangcheng, Henan, 780 m", China.

Xenobius melanonychus Zhang and Hu, 1985, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 4 (1): 36. Holotype: CIB 840010, by original designation. Type locality: "Baimazhai Tree Farm, Jinzhai County, Anhui [Province], altitude 950 m.", China. Provisional synonymy by Zhao, Hu, Jiang, and Yang, 1988, Studies on Chinese Salamanders: 63; Zhao, 1990, in Zhao (ed.), From Water onto Land: 220.

Sinobius melanonychusDubois, 1987, Alytes, 6: 10.

Hynobius yunanicus Chen, Qu, and Niu, 2001, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 26: 383, 387. Holotype: HENNU 99082403, by original designation. (Holotype figured by Fei and Ye, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 31.) Type locality: "brook in mountain, Shangcheng County, Henan Province", China. Synonymy by Xiong, Qin, Zeng, Zhao, and Qing, 2007, J. Herpetol., 41: 664-671, and Nishikawa, Jiang, Matsui, Mo, Chen, Kim, Tominaga, and Yoshikawa, 2010, Zootaxa, 2426: 65.

English Names

Shangcheng Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 28).

Shangcheng Stout Salamander (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 30).


Dabieshan area of southeastern Henan, southeastern Hubei, and western Anhui provinces, China, 380–1100 m elevation.


Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 49–50, provided an account, photographs, and map. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 55–56 , provided a brief account, photo, and map. See account, photograph, and map by Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 199–202. See comments on Hynobius yunanicus by Zhao, Wang, Wang, Liu, and Lu, 2015, J. Henan Normal Univ. (Nat. Sci.), 46: 705–711. 

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