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Hynobiid Salamanders (Hynobiidae) This group of Far Eastern salamanders are becoming increasingly popular in captivity, and thanks to the captive breeding efforts of one European hobbyist in particular (you know who I mean), they are becoming easier and easier to acquire.

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Old 27th May 2005   #1
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Hynobius formosanus has four toes.. and Hynobius sonani with five.. (this H. sonani is a little bit different in color)

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Old 27th May 2005   #2
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the H. sonani eggs I've found in May

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Old 27th May 2005   #3
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another H. sonani in normal color..

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Old 27th May 2005   #4
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habitat

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Old 27th May 2005   #5
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H. formosanus baby

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Old 27th May 2005   #6
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Very nice pictures. Thank you for sharing.



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Old 27th May 2005   #7
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Welcome to the site, Ming-Jieh Lin! I don't recall that we've ever had a contributor from Taiwan before, so it's a real treat Click the image to open in full size.

Great pics too! We've had practically no pics or info here about any of the three confirmed species of Taiwanese hynobiids.

That H. sonani looks like a very gravid female! Found her in the water? Does the range overlap with that of H. formosanus? I'm assuming they're sympatric as you have them pictured together there!...

It sure must have a thrill to also find those H. sonani eggs! What was it like where you found them? I ask this because this species was first thought, based on its appearance, to be a "lentic" breeder (laying eggs on twigs and dead leaves or in deep holes in still water), but was later found to be a "lotic" breeder (laying eggs under stones in surface or underground streams). Did you indeed find the eggs in a stream under some rocks?

Have you ever seen H. arisanensis in the wild? This is also said to be a lotic breeding type of hynobiid (like H. kimurae, H. naevius, Onychodactylus japonicus, etc. among Japanese species).

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Old 27th May 2005   #8
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Wonderful Ming-Jieh Lin! Thank you and welcome! Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 27th May 2005   #9
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hello!

Good to see you!

And wonderful photos, as always.



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Old 28th May 2005   #10
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Hello, Tim, these eggs were found in the stream, but not under the rock. I don't know why.. As other research said, there must be many indiviuals breed together, but just only one I saw at that time~



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Old 28th May 2005   #11
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Hai Jieh, happy to see you on this forum too and shed a little light on the 'other' Hynobidae from your region.



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