Korean crevice salamander

Korean crevice salamander

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Karsenia koreana

The Korean crevice salamander is a species of lungless salamander. It dwells under rocks in limestone forest areas of the Korean peninsula. It was discovered by Stephen J. Karsen, an American science teacher working in Daejeon, South Korea, in 2003, and described in 2005. Although plethodontid salamanders comprise seventy percent of salamander species worldwide, Karsenia koreana is the first member of this taxon known from Asia. Like other plethodontids, it lacks lungs and breathes through its moist skin. It is the only species in the genus Karsenia.

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References

1. Korean crevice salamander Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_crevice_salamander
2. Korean crevice salamander on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/61903/110101886

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