Dayang newt

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Dayang newt
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Salamandridae
Genus: Cynops
Species: C. orphicus
Binomial name
Cynops orphicus
Risch, 1983

The Dayang newt (Cynops orphicus) is a rare species of salamander in the Salamandridae family, endemic to China. It is known from Jiexi County in eastern Guangdong from where it was collected in 1936 (more specifically, from Dayang, which gave it the common name) and described as a new species in 1983.[2] More recently, it has also been found from Dehua County in central Fujian.[3]

Its natural habitats are pools and small lakes, and during hibernation, terrestrial habitats, including forest and lightly degraded areas. It is threatened by habitat loss and degradation.[1]


  1. ^ a b Michael Wai Neng Lau; Bosco Chan (2004). "Cynops orphicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Risch, Jean-Paul (1983). "Cynops orphicus, a new salamander from Guangdong province, south China (Amphibia, Caudata, Salamandridae)". Alytes. 2: 45–52. 
  3. ^ Wu, Yunke; Yuezhao Wang; Ke Jiang; James Hanken (2010). "A new newt of the genus Cynops (Caudata: Salamandridae) from Fujian Province, southeastern China". Zootaxa (2346): 42–52.