<i>Hynobius kimurae</i> (Hida Salamander)

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Here's an adult for comparison (the above larvae and a couple more are mine but not this adult):
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This is one of my favorite Hynobiids and I'd never seen an adult (other than in pics) until yesterday, so it was quite a thrill
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The adult pictured above, however, doesn't look like the ones I'd had in mind, which are purplish with yellow spots as in the link below. I've just read that H.kimurae and H.naevius (Buchi Salamander? Spotted Salamander?) are sometimes confused...and there are significant regional variations of each.

Some info and pics can be found at this site:

http://www.rieo.net/amph/saramand/sansyouo/hidasan.htm

And there's a distribution map located here:
http://www.biodic.go.jp/reports/4-04/d032.html
 
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