Japanese giant salamander

The Japanese giant salamander is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) is endemic to Japan, where it is known as Ōsanshōuo (オオサンショウウオ/大山椒魚?), literally meaning "Giant Japanese pepper fish". With a length of up to almost 1. More

Reproduction: Japanese giant salamanders begin reproduction in late August, when herds congregate at nest sites. Males compete, viciously, with many dying due to injuries from fights. Females lay between 400 and 500 eggs in the fall, which may be fertilized by several males. More

Japanese Giant Salamanders grow up to 56 inches (142 cm) in length. With their bodies are flattened without external gills but typical lateral skinfolds for improved oxygen absorption. A. japonicus resemble their Chinese cousins. More

Japanese giant salamanders swim at the bottom of fast-moving streams. (Dave Jenike/Cincinnati Zoo) When you think of a salamander, you probably picture a small animal about the size of a human finger. More

The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus), for example, reaches up to 1.44 metres (4.7 ft), feeds on fish and crustaceans, and has been known to live for more than 50 years in captivity. The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) can reach a length of 1. More

The Japanese giant salamander is the second largest salamander in the world, growing in length to a massive 1.5 metres. The largest is the Chinese giant salamander, which grows to 1.8 metres while most other salamanders are only 5–15 ... More

Description: A Japanese giant salamander is a very large aquatic salamander. The largest ever recorded in Hiroshima was 140cm TL. I heard that a specimen over 160cm was caught in Shiga Prefecture; that rumor remains to be confirmed. More

The Japanese giant salamander is found in the mountain-fed streams of southwestern Japan (western Hondo and northern Kyushu) at elevations of 200-1000 meters. Natural diet: This species eats fish and aquatic invertebrates. More

The Japanese giant salamander is now protected from international trade by its listing on Appendix I of the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) which hopefully will reduce the hunting threat facing this animal (4). More

The Japanese Giant Salamander is very similar to the Chinese Giant Salamander and differs from the latter by the arrangement of tubercles on the head and throat. These tubercles are larger and more numerous than in A. More

The Japanese Giant Salamander can be found in the islands of Kyushu, Honshu, and Shikoku in Japan. This salamander lives on the rivers in the mountainous areas. More

Latest acquisition: An official of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington holds a box containing a Japanese giant salamander in Hiroshima on Thursday before the amphibian was shipped to the U.S. More

precisely what is facing the Japanese giant salamander: loss of habitat. More

precisely what is facing the Japanese giant salamander: loss of habitat. Its sister species in China, by contrast, must contend most urgently with the wiles of poachers - hardly surprising, when the meat from an adult giant salamander can fetch upwards of $1,000 on the blackmarket. More

Japanese giant salamanders can grow up to 1.5m long, and are the second largest salamanders in the world. They can survive for weeks without eating, owing to their very slow metabolism. More

as well as Japanese Giant Salamanders and the closely related American Hellbender Nothing More in this Column! See?! Introduction | Habitat | Physiology and Behavior | Life Cycle | Conservation Status | Conservation Issues | Literature Cited More

importance of the Japanese giant salamanders in protecting global biodiversity. More

Japanese Giant Salamander Video - Nat Geo Wild - All Videos = The Japanese giant salamander has strange and unique adaptations, and is threatened by industry. More

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Order : Caudata
Family : Cryptobranchidae
Genus : Andrias
Species : japonicus
Authority : (Temminck, 1836)