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The giant salamanders (Cryptobranchidae): Part A, palaeontology, phylogeny, genetics, and morphology

  title={The giant salamanders (Cryptobranchidae): Part A, palaeontology, phylogeny, genetics, and morphology},
  author={R. Browne and H. Li and Zhenghuan Wang and Paul M. Hime and A. McMillan and M. Wu and R. Diaz and Hongxing Zhang and D. Mcginnity and Jeffrey T. Briggler},
—The Cryptobranchidae, commonly called the Giant Salamanders, are the largest surviving amphibians and comprise two extant genera, Andrias and Cryptobranchus. There are three cryptobranchid species, the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus; 180 cm, 59 kg), the Japanese giant salamander (A. japonicus; 155 cm, 55 kg), and the North American giant salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis; 74 cm, 5.1 kg). Because of their iconic status as the world’s largest amphibians and their… Expand

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