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Giant salamander heading for extinction

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The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with possibly only a handful left in the wild.

Field surveys carried out over four years suggest the Chinese giant salamander has all but disappeared from its natural habitat.

In contrast, millions of the animals live in commercial farms, where they are sold to luxury restaurants.

Remaining largely unchanged for 170 million years, this "living fossil" is seen as a global conservation priority.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44190126

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Carnoferox
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The Chinese giant salamander has usually been considered to only be one species, Andrias davidianus. However, a new genetic study suggests that there are at least 5 previously unrecognized species (or subspecies).

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)30432-9

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Hammerclaw

It has a North American relative, the Hellbender, also a member of the family Cryptobranchidae. I caught one when I was a kid almost two feet long.

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