Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Hynobiidae

Scientific Name: Batrachuperus taibaiensis
Species Authority: Song, Zeng, Wu, Liu and Fu, 2001

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Xie Feng
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status, threats and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the type locality of the upper stream of the Heihe River, near Hua Er Ping village, in Zhouzhi County, Shaanxi Province, China, at 1,260m asl. It is believed to range throughout the area of Taibeishan Mountain in Shanxi Province, although the limits of its distribution are still not clear.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is known only from the type series, so there is no information regarding its population status.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is aquatic and inhabits fast-flowing streams. It has been found under rocks in the stream and under rocks on the banks of the streams. The collection site, which has steep slopes, is well shaded by the canopy of the vegatation on the banks of both sides of the river. It is presumed that this species breeds in the streams and has a larval development breeding strategy.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to it are the loss of forest habitat surrounding the streams, as a result of clear-cutting, and the harvesting of animals for medicinal use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It probably occurs in Laoxiancheng and Taibashan Nature Reserves.

Citation: Xie Feng. 2004. Batrachuperus taibaiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59086A11868507. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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