Cynops cyanurus Liu, Hu, and Yang, 1962

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Cynops > Species: Cynops cyanurus

Cynops cyanurus Liu, Hu, and Yang, 1962, Acta Zool. Sinica, 14: 385. Holotype: CIB 591200, by original designation. Type locality: "De-wu, Shui-cheng, altitude 1,790 meters", western Guizhou, China.

Cynops cyanurus cyanurusYang, 1983, Zool. Res., Kunming, 4: 124.

Hypselotriton (Hypselotriton) cyanurusDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 45.

Hypselotriton (Hypselotriton) cyanurus cyanurusDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 65.

English Names

Cyan Newt (Cynops cyanurus: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35).

Blue-tailed Fire-bellied Newt (Cynops cyanurus cyanurus: Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 54).


Western Guizhou (Shuicheng County), southwestern China.


See accounts by Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 31-32, Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 99, and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 52-54. Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 48, compared the subspecies Cynops cyanurus cyanurus and Cynops cyanurus chuxiongensis. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2006, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 1: 329-337, provided an account and range map. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 20, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Wu, Wang, Jiang, and Hanken, 2010, Zootaxa, 2346: 42-52, commented on range and relationships (as Cynops cyanurus). Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 96-97, provided brief accounts (as Cynops cyanurus chuxiongensis and Cynops cyanurus cyanurus) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 121–122, provided accounts, photographs, and map. Yuan, Jiang, Ding, Zhang, and Che, 2013, Asian Herpetol. Res., Ser. 2, 4: 116–123, reported on the molecular phylogenetics of this species.  Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 154, provided a brief account , figures, and map. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 396–398, provided an account (as Cynops cyanurus cyanurus), photograph, an range map and note that this is a member of the Cynops cyanurus group.  

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