Andrias sligoi (Boulenger, 1924)

South China giant salamander 



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Possibly extinct in the wild (Turvey et al., 2019; Nishikawa et al., 2024)


Distribution & Habitat



Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Boulenger, E. G. (1924). On a new giant salamander, living in the Society’s gardens. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1924: 173-174.


Other references:

Nishikawa, K., Matsui, M., Yoshikawa, N. et al. (2024). Discovery of ex situ individuals of Andrias sligoi, an extremely endangered species and one of the largest amphibians worldwide. Sci Rep 14: 2575.

Turvey, S. T. et al. (2019). Historical museum collections clarify the evolutionary history of cryptic species radiation in the world’s largest amphibians. Ecol. Evol. 9: 10070-10084.


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