Pseudohynobius flavomaculatus (Hu and Fei, 1978)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Hynobiidae > Subfamily: Hynobiinae > Genus: Pseudohynobius > Species: Pseudohynobius flavomaculatus

Hynobius flavomaculatus Hu and Fei In Hu, Fei, and Ye, 1978, Mater. Herpetol. Res., 4: 20. Holotype: CIB 770041, by original designation. Type locality: "Hanchi, Lichuan County, Hubei, altitude 1845 m", China. Redescribed by Fei and Ye, 1982, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 7: 225, 228.

Ranodon flavomaculatusZhao and Hu, 1983, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 2 (2): 29, 35, by implication; Kuzmin and Thiesmeier, 2001, Adv. Amph. Res. Former Soviet Union, 6: 107.

Pseudohynobius flavomaculatusFei and Yang, 1983, Amph. Res., Kunming, 2: 1. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 32; Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 33; Zhang, Chen, Zhou, Liu, Wang, Papenfuss, Wake, and Qu, 2006, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 103: 7361.

Ranodon (Pseudohynobius) flavomaculatusKuzmin, 1999, Amph. Former Soviet Union: 116.

Pseudohynobius (Pseudohynobius) flavomaculatusDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77–161.

English Names

Yellow-spotted Salamander (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 32; Kuzmin and Thiesmeier, 2001, Adv. Amph. Res. Former Soviet Union, 6: 107).

Distribution

Southwestern Hubei (Lichuan) to northwestern Hunan (Sangzhi), China, 1158–2165 m elevation.

Comment

Controversially considered distinct from Ranodon tsinpaensis (now Liuia tsinpaensis), with which it has been considered synonymous by Zhao and Hu, 1983, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 2 (2): 33; Xu, 2002, Acta Scient. Nat. Univ. Sunyatseni, 41: 79-81. See account of Pseudohynobius flavomaculatus by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 43, 46, who removed it from the synonymy of Pseudohynobius tsinpaensis, where it had been placed by Zhao and Hu, 1983, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 2 (2): 33; Zhao, 1990, in Zhao (ed.), From Water onto Land: 220. Zhao and Wu, 1995, Sichuan J. Zool., 14: 23-24, and Xu, 2001, Sichuan J. Zool., 20: 177-180, presented evidence for the synonymy with Hynobius tsinpanensis, but Kuzmin and Thiesmeier, 2001, Adv. Amph. Res. Former Soviet Union, 6: 107-112, summarized evidence for their karyotypic and morphological distinctiveness, and Li, Wu, and Wang, 2004, Acta Zool. Sinica, 50: 464-469, provided evidence from mtDNA of these species being distinctive. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2006, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 1: 188-193, and Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 63, provided accounts. See illustration, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 553. See comment under Pseudohynobius jinfo. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 52-53, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 54–55, provided an account, photographs, and map. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 81 , provided a brief account, photo, and map. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 215–217, provided an account, photographs, and range map. 

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