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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:MORE EVIDENCE FOR THE GIANT SALAMANDER IN HONG HONG?

Recently I have been speculating about the possibility of the existence up until, say, at least the 1920s of the giant salamander in Hong Kong. Today I found the following inconclusive evidence from The China Mail in 1910:

THE CHINA MAIL

THE FOUR-LEGGED FISH

Some time ago we made mention of a “four legged fish” in possession of the Chinese Mail. We have now been supplied with one of these interesting creatures from our Chinese contemporary. About two feet in length, possessing four legs and a rather long flat tail, it somewhat resembles a young crocodile. Anyone interested can see the strange creature at the
China Mail office, where it is on view. (1)

1. The China Mail January 7th 1910.

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

Since the giant salamander still lives in China, Anyone could bring smallish specimens into Hong Kong at any time.

I am told that they can survive brackish water for a time but they cannot breed in it, they must breed in freshwater. And that they are still fairly common in the more North-Central parts of China.

Best Wishes, Dale D.