Cynops yunnanensis Yang, 1983

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

Cynops cyanurus yunnanensis Yang in Shi, Wang, and Zhang, 1979, Hereditas, Beijing, 1: 34. Nomen nudum.

Cynops cyanurus yunnanensis Yang, 1983, Zool. Res., Kunming, 4: 124. Holotype: KIZ 75II0530, by original designation. Type locality: Wuliangshan, Jingdong County, Yunnan Province, China, 2600 meters.

Cynops cyanurus chuxiongensis Fei and Ye, 1983, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 2 (4): 55. Holotype: CIB 800257, by original designation. Type locality: "Chuxiong County, Yunnan [Province], 2,400 m.", China. Indistinguishable from Cynops cyanurus yunnanensis according to Zhao, Hu, Jiang, and Yang, 1988, Studies on Chinese Salamanders: 63.

Hypselotriton (Hypselotriton) cyanurus yunnanensis — Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 65.

Hypselotriton (Hypselotriton) yunnanensisDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 119. 

English Names

Chuxiong Fire-bellied Newt (Cynops cyanurus chuxiongensisFei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 52).


Counties of Chuxiong, Dali, Jingdon, Kunming, Pu'er, Quijing, Shiping, Wuding, Xinping, and Yiling, in northeast and central Yunnan, China, on the Yunnan Plateau between 2400 and 2600 m elevation.  


Considered a different species than Hypselotriton cyanurus by Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 119, by reason of their allopatry and morphological and behavioral distinctiveness. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 154, provided a brief account , figures, and map. See comments under Cynops cyanurus for relevant literature.  Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 398–401, provided an account of their Cynops cyanurus chuxiongensis, photograph, and range map, noted that this is a member of the Cynops cyanurus group, and argued that because the manuscript was received by the publisher prior to the appearance of Cynops cyanurus yunnanensis that chuxiongensis should be the name of priority. However, because it is the date of receipt of the published product by readers and libraries that counts, I (DRF) retain the name yunnanensis as having priority pending further evidence to the relative appearance of the names.  

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