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Vulnerable (VU)

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Liua tsinpaensis adult total length ranges from 125-136 mm, with SVL 64-68 mm. Head is round and flat, of equal length and width. No labial fold. Vomerine teeth short, with 7-10 on each side. Body is cylindrical in shape and covered with smooth skin. 13 costal grooves are present. Tips of forelimb and hindlimb toes touch when limbs are adpressed to the flank. There are four unwebbed toes on each forelimb and five unwebbed toes on each hindlimb. Tail is shorter than SVL length, thick and flattened. Tailfin fold is only noticeable at the pointy tip of the tail (Fei and Ye 2000).

For adult salamanders, gold and dark brown interweave dorsally to create irregular, cloudlike patterns. Brown ventral side is sporadically blotted with tiny white dots (Fei and Ye 2000).

Liua tsinpaensis larvae have a light brown head and dorsum, with black blotches and patterns. Tail fin fold displays various sized black patches. Flank is silverish white in color, and ventrum is completely white. Limbs are light brown. Toes on both forelimbs and hindlimbs are black at the tips (Fei and Ye 2000).


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