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The Chinese Giant Salamander
Endemic to China, the Chinese giant salamander (CGS hereafter) is the largest extant amphibian in the world. Part of the ancient Cryptobranchidae lineage dating back 170 million years, it earns the moniker “living fossil”. However, this species is Critically Endangered and is currently on the brink of extinction.
CGS is rapidly becoming extirpated from the wild as a result of habitat destruction, over-exploitation and a booming farming industry that has led to largely unregulated harvesting, and the potential spread of pathogens (e.g. ranavirus) from farmed to wild CGS. To save this species from extinction, a Conservation Programme has launched in China, initiated by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in collaboration with Chinese institutions and the government of China. The goal of this Conservation Programme is to build the evidence-base and capacity to underpin, promote and conduct a strategic conservation plan for the CGS within its native range in China.
The 8th World Congress of Herpetology was held from the 15th – 21st of August in Tonglu, Zhejiang province, China. This meeting was attended but hundreds of herpetologists from across the globe. This was the perfect opportunity for the Chinese giant salamander team to present the various components of the research that has been undertaken across the […]
The team have published the results of their initial surveys for Chinese giant salamanders in Fanjingshan National Nature reserve. The publication can be downloaded for free by following this link http://www.salamandra-journal.com/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=77
The Chinese giant salamander is Critically Endangered, largely because of overexploitation for food. This species is an expensive delicacy in China, and a rapidly growing industry to farm the species has developed throughout much of the country, centred on the Qinling Mountain region of Shaanxi Province. Salamander farming is an important economic activity in China, […]