Cynops cyanurus Liu, Hu & Yang, 1962
Blue-tailed Fire-bellied Newt, Chuxiong Fire-bellied Newt
Taxonomic Notes: Placed in Hypselotriton (Hypselotriton) by Dubois and Raffaelli 2009, 2012 Alytes. Dubois and Raffaelli 2012 Alytes and Raffaelli 2013recognize yunnanensis as a valid species, but this is not followed by Chinese authors, and by Sparreboom 2014, who do not even recognize it as a subspecies.
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Dorsum is blue green or brown in coloration. The skin directly above the vertebral column and legs is brown. The upper tailfin fold is also brown, while the lower tailfin fold is a conspicuous orange color. Cloud-like orange blotches are present on the venter. There are also orange spots around the edge of the mouth and behind the eyes. In females, the region near the tip of the tail is blue with irregularly patterned black or brown spots (Datong and Dingqi 2008).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Relation to Humans
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Datong, Y., and Shunqing, L. (2004). Cynops cyanurus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 11 March 2009.
Yang, D. and Rao, D. (2008). Amphibia and Reptilia of Yunnan. Yunnan Publishing Group Corporation, Kunming.
Originally submitted by: Michael Li (first posted 2000-02-07)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-03-11)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Cynops cyanurus: Blue-tailed Fire-bellied Newt <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/4241> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 2, 2023.
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