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Your Position :Home->Past Journals Catalog->1998 Vol.17 No.2

Cynops wolterstorffi, an Analysis of the Factors Caused its Extinction
Author of the article:HE Xiao-rui
Author's Workplace:(Department of Biology, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan 650091)
Key Words:Cynops wolterstorffi; habitat; factors caused extinction
Abstract:The Yunnan salamander, Cynops wolterstorffi (Boulenger, 1905), is endemic to China and had been found only in Kunming Lake, a freshwater lake in Yunnan Plateau. It extincted in the wild in the end of the 1970s. The factors caused its extinction were mainly due to reclaim land from the lake in 1970, seriously water pollution, construction of buildings, reduction of aquatic plants, and introduction of foreign species. The reasons mentioned above deeply affected habitat, food, and reproduction of Yunnan salamander. The extinction of Yunnan salamander provides a good experience and lesson in protection of wildlife, especially amphibians and reptiles.
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