This species is known only from Jiexi County in north-eastern Guangdong Province, China, above 600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits and breeds in pools and small lakes, with the larvae developing in water. During hibernation it lives in terrestrial habitats, including forest and lightly degraded areas.
It is a rare species, and appears to be in decline.
The major threat is habitat loss and degradation, particularly due to infrastructure development for tourist activities.
There are no known protected areas within the species' range, making habitat protection for this species an urgent priority.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Bosco Chan 2004. Hypselotriton orphicus. In: IUCN 2014