This species is known from central and southern China in Guizhou, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces, and also Taiwan, Province of China. It occurs from 30-1,800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits paddy fields, marshes, ditches, ponds and hydrophytes-filled lakes. It breeds in still-water habitats.
This is a common species.
Habitat destruction and degradation are probably threats to this species, in particular infrastructure development for human settlement and water pollution from agriculture.
A number of protected areas in the region support this species.
Babina caldwelli was removed from the synonymy of this species by Dubois (1992). However, Zhao and Adler (1993) and Fei (1999), continued to include it as a synonym.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Gu Huiqing, Geng Baorong, Lue Kuangyang, Chou Wenhao, Yuan Zhigang 2004. Babina adenopleura. In: IUCN 2014