This species is known from the Dabieshan area (Hubei, Henan, and Anhui Provinces) in central China, from 380-1,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits slow-flowing hill streams in forested areas. Breeding and larval development take place in streams.
It is an uncommon species.
Over-collecting for human consumption is a major threat to this species. It is also probably threatened by habitat destruction and degradation, due to human settlement and smallholder farming activities.
Several protected areas occur within the species' range. There is a need to implement measures to ensure that the offtake of this species from the wild is managed in a sustainable manner. This salamander is included in several captive breeding programmes in Europe.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Fei Liang 2004. Pachyhynobius shangchengensis. In: IUCN 2014