日本大山椒魚 (Japanese Giant Salamander, Andrias japonicus)
The Japanese Giant Salamander (Andrias japonicus) is the biggest amphibian on the world, also a amazing creature endemic to Japan. The Japanese name is オオサンショウウオ (pronounce like OOSANSYOUUO) or ハンザキ (pronounce like HANZAKI), means "a huge salamanser" or "a very strong creature which does not die after even cut in half by a knife", respectively. The Japanese Giant Salamanders are listed on CITES I and classified as NT by IUCN, they are a very precious amphibian. Although it's about 30 years that the problem about hybridization between Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus) and Japanese Giant Salamander in Kyoto, but still we can find other natural populations out of Kyoto. Hope we can have a durative chance meeting with them in the field!
日本大山椒魚 (Andrias japonicus) 是世界最大的兩棲類,也是日本特有的神奇生物!日文名是オオサンショウウオ,讀起來像是OOSANSYOUUO,意思就是一隻"大隻的山椒魚";另一個日文名是ハンザキ,讀起來像是HANZAKI,意思是"一種生命力極旺盛的生物,就算被刀砍成兩半還是死不了"。日本大山椒魚名列CITES附錄一,也被IUCN評定為近危,是一種非常珍貴的兩棲類。雖然中國大鯢 (Andrias davidianus) 和日本大山椒魚在京都的雜交問題已經拖了近三十年還無法解決,但是在京都以外的地方我們仍有機會看到自然狀態的日本大山椒魚。希望我們一直都有機會在野外持續觀察這些驚奇的生物!

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