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Cynops cyanurus is a relatively small salamander, with male total length reaching up to 80 mm, and females measuring up to 100 mm. Head is flat. Snout is rounded, and edges of the mouth are located just below the tips of the eyes. Vomerine teeth are oriented in V-shape. Tongue is small but thick, and oval-shaped. Skin is relatively rough. Head, body, and tail are covered with fine grainy bumps. Venter is smooth, with thin, fine, ripple-like skin folds. Legs are long and weak. Toes overlap when limbs are adpressed to the flank (Datong and Dingqi 2008).
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).