Cynops orphicus Risch, 1983

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

Cynops orphicus Risch, 1983, Alytes, 2: 46. Holotype: MVZ 22474, by original designation. Type locality: "Dayang (Tai-Yong), Shantou Region, Guangdong Province, China, 23° 35´ N, 115° 51´ E, altitude 640 m".

Hypselotriton (Pingia) orphicusDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 45, 65.

Hypselotriton (Cynotriton) orphicus — Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2011, Alytes, 27: 152. 

English Names

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


Shantou region of northeastern Guangdong, and Mount Daiyn, Dehua, in central Fujian Province, China, 500 to 1600 m elevation.


Related to Cynops cyanurus, according to the original publication. Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 322, and Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2006, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 1: 342-345, provided accounts and range maps. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 128, provided a brief account, figure, and map. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 600. Wu, Wang, Jiang, and Hanken, 2010, Zootaxa, 2346: 42-52, commented on range and relationships. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 98-99, provided a brief account including photographs. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 126–127, provided an account, photographs, and a 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.: 157, provided a brief account, range map, and photograph. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 411–413, provided an account, photograph, and range map and noted that this is a member of the Cynops orientalis group. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 21, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph.   

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