Issue 9 Volume 5. Number 4 (2011-2012)
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Summary: The fully aquatic Cryptobranchids are the world’s largest amphibians
and the three described species range from threatened to critically endangered. Cryptobranchids present
particular survey challenges because of their large demographic variation in body size from 3 cm larvae to
1.5 m adults, and the wide variation in their habitats and microhabitats. We review and compare the types and
applications of survey techniques for Cryptobranchids and other aquatic Caudata from a
conservation and animal welfare perspective.
The giant salamanders
(Cryptobranchidae): Part A. palaeontology, phylogeny, genetics, and morphology. Robert K. Browne, Hong Li, Zhenghuan Wang, Paul M. Hime, Amy McMillan, Minyao Wu, Raul Diaz, Zhang Hongxing, Dale McGinnity, Jeffrey T. Briggler.
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(4):17-29(e54).
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Summary: The Cryptobranchidae, commonly called the
Giant Salamanders, are the largest surviving amphibians and comprise two extant genera, Andrias and
Cryptobranchus. Because of their iconic status as the world’s largest amphibians and their biopolitical
significance, all cryptobranchids are subject to major and expanding initiatives for their sustainable
management. Knowledge of a wide range of scientific in concert with cultural, political, and economic factors
all contribute to cryptobranchid conservation biology and the formulation of optimal strategies for their
sustainable management. However, there has previously been no comparative review of the numerous scientific
fields contributing to the knowledge of cryptobranchids, and little peer-reviewed material on A. davidianus and
A. japonicus has been published in English. Here we present the first article in a series about cryptobranchid
salamanders, “The giant salamanders (Cryptobranchidae): Part A. paleontology, phylogeny, genetics, and