This species is restricted to the hilly areas in southern Hainan Province, China, from 350-1,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits evergreen broadleaf forests. Males call near small streams, which are probably also the breeding sites.
There is no information available on its population status.
The species is particularly susceptible to habitat destruction and degradation that is taking place primarily due to smallholder farming activities and small-scale wood extraction from expanding human settlements.
The range of this species includes several protected areas, but expanded and improved protection of the remaining forest habitat is necessary.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Shi Haitao 2004. Parapelophryne scalpta. In: IUCN 2014