Conservation needs of amphibians in China: A review

  • Xie Feng 
  • Michael Wai Neng Lau
  • Simon N. Stuart
  • Janice S. Chanson
  • Neil A. Cox
  • Debra L. Fischman


The conservation status of all the amphibians in China is analyzed, and the country is shown to be a global priority for conservation in comparison to many other countries of the world. Three Chinese regions are particularly rich in amphibian diversity: Hengduan, Nanling, and Wuyi mountains. Salamanders are more threatened than frogs and toads. Several smaller families show a high propensity to become seriously threatened: Bombinatoridae, Cryptobranchidae, Hynobiidae and Salamandridae. Like other parts of the world, stream-breeding, high-elevation forest amphibians have a much higher likelihood of being seriously threatened. Habitat loss, pollution, and over-harvesting are the most serious threats to Chinese amphibians. Over-harvesting is a less pervasive threat than habitat loss, but it is more likely to drive a species into rapid decline. Five conservation challenges are mentioned with recommendations for the highest priority research and conservation actions.


amphibians conservation status priority of the regions and animal group habitat preferences conservation challenge conservation recommendation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xie Feng 
    • 1
  • Michael Wai Neng Lau
    • 2
  • Simon N. Stuart
    • 3
  • Janice S. Chanson
    • 3
  • Neil A. Cox
    • 3
  • Debra L. Fischman
    • 4
  1. 1.Chengdu Institute of BiologyChinese Academy of SciencesChengduChina
  2. 2.Kadoorie Farm and Botanic GardenHong KongChina
  3. 3.IUCN-SSC/CI-CABS Biodiversity Assessment Unit, Center for Applied Biodiversity ScienceConservation InternationalWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.GIS Laboratory, Center for Applied Biodiversity ScienceConservation InternationalWashingtonUSA

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