This species is known from scattered localities throughout mainland Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Cambodia, Viet Nam and the northern tip of Malaysia and Penang Island) and in to southern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hong Kong) and might also occur in southern Jiangxi and Fujian. Its range might be confounded with regard to R. taipehensis and R. erythraea. It has been found up to 1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is known from a variety of lowland wetlands including lakes, river floodplains and irrigated agricultural landscapes, but also from damp grassy areas in deciduous forest and open mountaintop habitat.
It is very localized in its occurrence, not relating to apparent habitat features, but it is relatively common where it occurs (Smith, in Taylor, 1962). It is considered rare in north-central Myanmar (Zug et al., 1998).
Threats to populations include wetland drainage, changes in agricultural practices and fires, but overall the species appears secure from most threats at present. Modernisation of agricultural practices is also reducing the amount of suitable habitat available in China.
The range of this species includes several protected areas.
Peter Paul van Dijk, Raoul Bain, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Yuan Zhigang, Shi Haitao 2004. Hylarana macrodactyla. In: IUCN 2014