IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Hynobius kimurae has a snout to vent length of 57-97 mm and a total length of 101-184 mm. It has a long and robust trunk, a thick tail, and 13, or sometimes 14, costal grooves. Its limbs and toes are short and when its limbs are adpressed to the flank, there is a gap of 0.5-3.5 costal grooves between the fore and hind toes. Its hind feet have 5 toes. The ground color of H. kimurae is purplish black and is speckled with erratic gold blotches. The blotches may be tiny dots or more like freckles and they may be dense or sparse, depending on the region of the individual, but they are about the same size all over the dorsal surface. The ventral surface is lighter with almost no blotches.Hynobius naevius is easily confused with H. kimurae, but its blotches are silver to white and vary in size on the same individual. The tail of H. naevius is also higher and more vertically compressed than that of H. kimurae.

"Hida" is a locality in central Honshu from which this species was first reported.

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