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China 2017: Eastern Tibet and Hengduan Mountain Region
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Author:  Keeper [ October 19th, 2017, 11:05 pm ]
Post subject:  China 2017: Eastern Tibet and Hengduan Mountain Region

Another trip to Southwest China. Focusing on the agamid of the genus Japalura this time, most of my sites are at high elevation: above 2000m in most cases. Therefore, the diversity is relatively low comparing to my previous trips to the lowland tropics in southwestern Yunnan Province.

Nevertheless, Japalura species are COOL, and I found few other plateau dwelling herps that are endemic to the Hengduan Mountain Region. Plus, even with no herps, the views are just beautiful...

Hope you enjoy! :)

Kai




Continuous snow mountain peaks, very common in the Hengduan Mountain Region. They separate the major rivers of Asia (Mekong, Yangtze, and Salween) into deep valleys, and the three rivers run parallel to each other in close proximity.

Image_DSC6531 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr
Image_DSC6116 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Mekong River Valley. The elevation difference from the river to the mountain peak is just insane...(generally over 2000m of difference)

Image_DSC6558 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr

Image_DSC6259 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Yu'beng (Chinese 雨崩), a famous scenic site in NW Yunnan Province.

Image_DSC6690 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr
Image_DSC6752 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr
Image_DSC6761 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Crazy breeding season in high-elevation swamp at Yu'Beng

Imagemating toads


Alpine Salamander, Batrachuperus karlschmidti, inhabits fast-flowing, shallow streams over 3000m of elevation.

Image_DSC6335 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr
Image_DSC6312 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr

Image_DSC6291


Chinese Beauty Snake, Orthriophis taeniurus. The high-elevation populations in SW China have their unique greenish coloration.

ImageIMG_6613 by Cameron Siler, 於 Flickr
Image_DSC5995 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Another species of snake that manage to concur the high-elevation. Chinese King Rat Snake, Elaphe carinata
Found it in the sewer along a montane road

ImageIMG_6761
Image_DSC6473 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr
Image_DSC6455 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr

Japalura iadina, still my favourite species among all Japalura

Image_DSC6868 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Japalura flaviceps. Thought to be widespread in SW China, but actually is micro-endemic to Dadu River of Sichuan Province only, and the previous wide range is result of mis-ID and taxonomic confusion. Sadly, it is facing great threats from habitat loss due to hydropower constructions and road developments, just like other species of the genus in SW China.

Image_DSC5903 by Kai Wang, 於 FlickrImage_DSC5952 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Japalura micangshanensis


Image_DSC7191 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Japalura zhaoermii This is a female, which does not have the green gular spot

Image_DSC7250 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr


Japalura varcoae

Image_DSC7200 by Kai Wang, 於 FlickrImage_DSC7198 by Kai Wang, 於 Flickr

Author:  Fieldherper [ October 21st, 2017, 6:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: China 2017: Eastern Tibet and Hengduan Mountain Region

Very nice account of an interesting area that few outside of China will probably ever see. Thanks!

FH

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