IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Hynobius nebulosus has a snout to vent length of 40-70 mm and a total length of 70-125 mm. It is a rather short-tailed, stocky salamander with 13 costal grooves and 5 toes on its hindfeet. Its limbs are also relatively short and its toes do not touch when the fore- and hindlimbs are adpressed to the flank. The overall dorsal color is light brown, liberally "misted" with tiny black dots. The ventral surface is light yellowish brown to gray. Both the dorsal and ventral edges of the tail have a bright yellow stripe which may be interrupted toward the tip of the tail.

Hynobius tokyoensis is very similar and was once treated as a subspecies of H. nebulosus. However, H. tokyoensis generally has 12 costal grooves and lacks the yellow stripe on the top and underside of its tail (Goris and Maeda 2004).


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