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Echinotriton chinhaiensis (Chinhai Spiny Newt)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Chinhai spiny newt (Echinotriton chinhaiensis) is a species of salamander in the Salamandridae family, endemic to Zhejiang province in eastern China. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, freshwater marshes, and ponds. The Chinhai spiny newt is only known from Beilun District east of Ningbo. It is threatened by habitat loss.
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Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
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EDGE Analysis

The Chinhai spiny newt is a secretive, land-dwelling species that hibernates for about five months of the year during the winter. Females mate and then migrate to egg-laying sites next to small ponds. The eggs hatch and are washed into the adjacent pond by heavy rains in May. They metamorphose in the pond and then permanently leave the water. This species possesses a remarkable defense mechanism against predators. They have sharp, elongated ribs whose tips project through the skin when these animals are grasped and inject painful skin secretions into the mouths of would-be predators. This species is mainly threatened by habitat destruction and the pollution of its breeding ponds.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 18.52
EDGE Score: 5.74
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Changjiang Plain evergreen forests China Palearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Jian Nan subtropical evergreen forests China Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Ruiyansi China

Range Map



Species recognized by , 2009-09-01, ITIS Global: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
EDGE analysis provided by EDGE of Existence programme, Zoological Society of London
Range map provided by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Conservation International & NatureServe.
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access