Hypselotriton wolterstorffi (Boulenger, 1905)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Hypselotriton > Species: Hypselotriton wolterstorffi

Molge wolterstorffi Boulenger, 1905, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1905: 277. Syntypes: BMNH 1946.9.6.30–34 (formerly 1905.30.51–59), according to Brame and Gorham, 1972, Checklist Living & Fossil Salamand. World (Unpubl. MS): 51, and museum records. Type locality: "Yunnan fu . . . about 6000 feet", Yunnan, China.

Triturus wolterstorffiDunn, 1918, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 62: 451.

Triton (Cynops) wolterstorffiWolterstorff, 1925, Abh. Ber. Mus. Nat. Heimatkd. Magdeburg, 4: 292.

Hypselotriton wolterstorffiWolterstorff, 1934, Zool. Anz., 108: 257.

Cynops wolterstorffiChang, 1935, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 60: 426.

Hypselotriton wolterstorffiWolterstorff and Herre, 1935, Arch. Naturgesch., Leipzig, N. F., 4: 224.

Triturus wolterstorffiLiu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 109.

Hypselotriton wolterstorffiFreytag, 1962, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 38: 451–459.

Cynops (Hypselotriton) wolterstorffiScholz, 1995, Acta Biol. Benrodis, 7: 25–75.

Hypselotriton (Hypselotriton) chenggongensisDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 45.

English Names

Yunnan Newt (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35).

Yunnan Lake Newt (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 56).


Dianchi lake near Kunming and Yiliang, Yunnan, China, 1900 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


Discussed by Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 109–110 (as Hypselotriton wolterstorffi), Freytag, 1962, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 38: 456, Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 38–40, Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 103, Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 56; and Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 319. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2006, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 1: 345–350, provided an account and map (as Hypselotriton wolterstorffi). Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 127, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 20–21, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 144, who regarded the species as extinct. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 101, provided a brief account including photographs.  Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 128, provided an account (as Hypselotriton wolterstorffi), photographs, and a map. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 155, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 197–198, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 413–418, provided an account (as Hypselotriton wolterstorffi), photograph, and range map and noted that this is a member of the Cynops orientalis group, and likely now extinct. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 431–432, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status (extinct), and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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