This species is currently known only from two localities in the central highlands of Vietnam: Ngoc Linh Mountain, in Dac Glei District, Kon Tum Province, at 1,700-1,900m asl (Orlov, 2005); and Chu Yang Sin Nature Reserve at 1,600m asl in Dak Lak Province (N. Orlov pers. comm. to J. Pilgrim). It presumably occurs more widely, especially in locations between the two currently known sites.
Habitat and Ecology
It has been found on a forest slope on a small watershed between two rapid streams. It is presumed to breed in streams by larval development. If it is like other members of this genus, it is not able to adapt to anthropogenic habitats (N. Orlov, pers. comm.).
No information is available on its abundance, as it is a very secretive and cryptic species (N. Orlov, pers. comm.).
There is currently no information available on threats to this species. If it occurs outside protected areas, it could be threatened by forest loss.
Both Ngok Lin and Chu Yan Sin are protected areas where its habitat is protected. Surveys are needed to determine its geographic distribution, abundance, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs.
Nikolai Orlov 2008. Leptobrachium ngoclinhense. In: IUCN 2014