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Fire belly newts

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Pleurodelinae
Order  Salamander
Higher classification  Salamandridae
Family  Salamandridae
Scientific name  Cynops
Rank  Genus
Phylum  Chordata
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Lower classifications  Chinese fire belly newt, Japanese fire belly newt, Sword‑tail newt, Chuxiong fire‑bellied newt, Yunnan lake newt

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The fire belly newts or fire newts are a genus (Cynops) of newts native to Japan and China. All of the species show bright yellow or red bellies, but this feature is not unique to this genus. Their skin contains a toxin that can be harmful if ingested.


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  • Chenggong fire belly newt (Cynops chenggongensis )*
  • Chuxiong fire-bellied newt or blue-tailed fire belly newt (Cynops cyanurus)*
  • Japanese sword-tail newt (Cynops ensicauda)
  • Fuding fire belly newt (Cynops fudingensis)*
  • Chinese fire belly newt (Cynops orientalis)*
  • Dayang newt or Dayang fire belly newt (Cynops orphicus)*
  • Japanese fire belly newt (Cynops pyrrhogaster)
  • †Yunnan lake newt (Cynops wolterstorffi) (probably extinct)*
  • (A * means that the newt was moved into the genus Hypselotriton )

    Taxonomic controversy

    Fire belly newts CalPhotos Cynops cyanurus Bluetailed Firebellied Newt

    The genus Cynops has been suggested to be due for a split, with the Chinese species being placed in a separate genus from the Japanese ones. The species Cynops cyanurus is at the centre of all this. There is much debate about the validity of C. cyanurus and C. chenggongensis. All the known captive animals could be something different from C. cyanurus, as they do not entirely match the original description of the species. The only known animals that match that are animals originating from Chemnitz Zoo, but the F2 animals have not bred well, which could suggest they are in fact a hybrid of C. cyanurus and C. chenggongensis or an undescribed Cynops species.

    Fire belly newts Caudata Culture Species Entry Cynops cyanurus
    Fire belly newts Caudata Culture Species Entry Cynops cyanurus


    Fire belly newts Wikipedia