This species is known from southeastern Yunnan (Hekou) and Central Guangxi (Damingshan) provinces in China, and from northern Viet Nam, northern Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Doi Inthanon in Thailand. It has an estimated altitudinal range of 600-1,800m asl. It probably occurs much more widely, in particular in areas between known sites.
Habitat and Ecology
It is known from evergreen and bamboo forest. The eggs are laid on leaves overhanging temporary pools in the forest. The larvae then drop in to the water where they continue to develop. It has not been found outside forest.
In China this species is considered uncommon. There is no reliable information from Southeast Asia regarding the status of populations from recent surveys.
It is dependent on primary forest so it is particularly susceptible to forest clearance and degradation. Water pollution might also be a threat.
All the known localities of this species in Southeast Asia are within protected areas. In China part of its range is within protected areas, including the Daweishan National Nature Reserve. Clarification of the species' taxonomy is needed.
Peter Paul van Dijk, Raoul Bain, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Lu Shunqing, Yang Datong 2004. Gracixalus gracilipes. In: IUCN 2014