Cynops orphicus
Dayang Newt; hypselotriton de Guizhou
Subgenus: Cynotriton
family: Salamandridae
subfamily: Pleurodelinae
Taxonomic Notes: Placed in Hypselotriton (Cynotriton) by Dubois and Raffaelli 2009, 2012 Alytes.

© 2001 David Wake (1 of 3)

AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from Jiexi County in north-eastern Guangdong Province, China, above 600m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits and breeds in pools and small lakes, with the larvae developing in water. During hibernation it lives in terrestrial habitats, including forest and lightly degraded areas.


It is a rare species, and appears to be in decline.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threat is habitat loss and degradation, particularly due to infrastructure development for tourist activities.

Conservation Actions

There are no known protected areas within the species' range, making habitat protection for this species an urgent priority.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat and in the number of mature individuals.


Michael Wai Neng Lau, Bosco Chan 2004. Hypselotriton orphicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59443A11942332. .Downloaded on 16 February 2019


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