from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of giant salamanders; in some classifications included in the genus Cryptobranchus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Asiatic genus of the family Protonopsidæ (or Crypto-branchidæ), having four small but well-formed feet, and no gill-slits; the giant salamanders. M. maximus is the largest living amphibian, attaining a length of three feet or more. It is found in Japan and some parts of continental Asia.
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- n. giant salamanders; in some classifications included in the genus Cryptobranchus
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Several amphibians and reptiles are listed as well, including the giant salamander (Megalobatrachus davidiana) and green turtle (Chelonia mydas).
Li Shan supports warm temperate forest that is reported to provide habitat for several rare vertebrates including Chinese populations of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), musk deer (Moschus berezovskii), giant salamander (Megalobatrachus davidiana), and Koklass pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha).
Fanjing Shan, a mountainous area (maximum elevation 2575 meter [m]) located in the northeastern part of the ecoregion, holds special significance because it supports intact forest over much of its 419 square kilometers (km2), especially at the higher elevations, and conserves other rare species including the giant salamander (Megalobatrachus davidiana) and dove tree.
Other species of conservation interest include aquatic vertebrates like the Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), of which fewer than 100 individuals (possible as few as 5) survive in the vicinity of Poyang Lake, sturgeons such as the Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis) and white sturgeon (Psephurus gladius), the Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis), and giant salamander (Megalobatrachus davidiana).
In spite of the region’s almost complete transformation, small population of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), musk deer (Moschus berezovskii), giant salamander (Megalobatrachus davidiana), and Koklass pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha) still persist.