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Batrachuperus karlschmidti

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA CAUDATA HYNOBIIDAE

Scientific Name: Batrachuperus karlschmidti
Species Authority: Liu, 1925

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Xie Feng
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known with certainty from Xinduqiao County, Sichuan Province, China. A second population from Zhendoushan might belong to this species. In general, this species might be more widespread, but further investigation is needed to confirm the identity of populations other than the Xinduqiao County population reported by Fu et al. (2001). It can be found at elevations of 1,800 to around 4,000m asl.
Countries:
Native:
China
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common within its restricted range.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a largely aquatic species associated with slow-flowing streams in grassland areas. Animals can occasionally be found on the stream bank. The female lays a pair of egg sacs and attaches these below stones in the stream. It is unlikely to be adaptable to habitat modification.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is threatened by overgrazing of habitat by livestock (presumably the vegetation surrounding streams), and the local use of the species for traditional medicine.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas. There is a need to implement measures to ensure that the offtake of this species from the wild is managed in a sustainable manner.
Citation: Xie Feng 2004. Batrachuperus karlschmidti. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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