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Workshop for the protection of Chinese giant salamanders

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 March 2024

Jing Mao
Affiliation:
College of Resources and Environment Science, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China Gansu Green Camel Bell Environment and Development Center, Lanzhou, China
Chunbin Li
Affiliation:
College of Resources and Environment Science, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China
Chenhaojia Liu
Affiliation:
Gansu Green Camel Bell Environment and Development Center, Lanzhou, China
Zhong Zhao
Affiliation:
Gansu Green Camel Bell Environment and Development Center, Lanzhou, China
Xianmao Fan
Affiliation:
Bikou Town Taihe Giant Salamander Breeding Base, Wen County, Gansu Province, China
Jie Wang
Affiliation:
Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China
Qinghua Luo
Affiliation:
College of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Changsha University, Changsha, China
Tian Zhao
Affiliation:
College of Fisheries, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
Wenbo Wang
Affiliation:
Department of Life Sciences, Xianyang Normal University, Xianyang, China
Feng Ouyang
Affiliation:
FAO/GEF wetland programme, Nanchang, China
Jiyong Wang
Affiliation:
Guiyang Qianren Ecological Conservation Center, Guiyang, China
Zhigang Qiao
Affiliation:
Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, China
Zhiqiang Liang
Affiliation:
Hunan Fisheries Science Institute, Changsha, China
Wuying Lin
Affiliation:
iConserve Eco-Technology Co., Shenzhen, China
Pei Wang
Affiliation:
Jishou University, Jishou, China
Dajie Gong
Affiliation:
Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, China
Weishi Liu
Affiliation:
Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China
Fang Yan
Affiliation:
School of Life Science, Yunnan University, Kunming, China
Andrew A. Cunningham
Affiliation:
Zoological Society of London, London, UK
Benjamin Tapley
Affiliation:
Zoological Society of London, London, UK IUCN Species Survival Commission Amphibian Specialist Group
Samuel T. Turvey
Affiliation:
Zoological Society of London, London, UK
Amaël Borzée*
Affiliation:
IUCN Species Survival Commission Amphibian Specialist Group

Abstract

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The Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus is the largest extant amphibian, is categorized as Critically Endangered as a result of overexploitation and habitat loss (Tapley et al., 2021, Oryx, 55, 373–381) and requires conservation attention. Andrias davidianus is actually a species complex, and has recently been divided into several species: A. sligoi (Turvey et al., 2019, Ecology and Evolution, 9, 10070–10084.), A. jiangxiensis (Chai et al., 2022, Zoological Research, 43, 469–480) and A. cheni (Gong et al., 2023, Chinese Journal of Zoology, 58, 651–657). It is likely there will be further taxonomic splits. Although the current conservation needs of these species are partially understood (Chen et al., 2018, Ecology and Evolution, 8, 3098–3108), the conservation actions needed to prevent the extinction of the named and as yet unnamed species need to be clarified.

With this purpose in mind, the NGO Green Camel Bell, the Zoological Society of London and the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, held a workshop on the conservation of Chinese giant salamanders, in Lanzhou, China, in October 2023. The attendees, representing a diverse array of stakeholders, agreed on a series of key actions: research to resolve the taxonomic conundrums, field surveys to identify and protect remaining pure populations, investigations to identify how Chinese giant salamander farming could benefit conservation, refinement of the process for releasing individuals from farms, work to encourage legislative changes, research to improve our understanding of the species’ behaviour and ecology, and adoption of better practices to protect against pathogen introduction and transmission.