Karsenia koreana 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Karsenia koreana Min, Yang, Bonett, Vieites, Brandon and Wake, 2005
Common Name(s):
English Korean crevice salamander
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2018. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): David Vieites, Steven Karsen, Min Mi-Sook, Suh Y. Yang, David Wake
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Least Concern since it has a relatively wide range, is known from more than 20 locations, is locally common, has at least a degree of tolerance to habitat alteration, and has no significant known threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found at relatively low elevations in southern to midwestern Republic of Korea, where it has been found at more than 20 sites. The type locality is at 210m.
Countries occurrence:
Korea, Republic of
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Population [top]

Population:The species is locally common.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in damp, mossy talus slopes and rockslides of limestone in 15-20 year-old forests of hardwoods and mixed hardwood/pine (dominated by Pinus densiflora and Quercus mongolica). It has even been found in a city park. Most of the forests in which it has been found are young, so it has clearly survived earlier large-scale extraction of timber for foresty. Most individuals were found under small rocks or rock flakes scattered among larger boulders on fine-grained soil. The species is presumed to breed by direct development.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known significant threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in at least three National Parks.

Citation: David Vieites, Steven Karsen, Min Mi-Sook, Suh Y. Yang, David Wake. 2006. Karsenia koreana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61903A12569677. . Downloaded on 20 July 2018.
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