This species is known from southern Yunnan Province (Mengla, Jinghong and Cangyuan Counties) in China. It is expected to occur in adjacent Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar, but due to lack of survey effort and taxonomic problems it has not yet been recorded. It occurs at elevations of 550-760m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in or near streams in forested areas. It uses soft, muddy soil for its nests. The eggs are laid in a hole in the ground covered with leaves, and are guarded by the male. It breeds by direct development.
This is a rare species that is very difficult to find.
Habitat destruction and degradation is the major threat to this species, in particular due to agriculture, and infrastructure development for tourism.
It occurs in the Xishuagbanna National Nature Reserve and in the Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
This species is sometimes placed in the genus Liurana (see Fei et al. 1999). The taxonomy of this species is unclear at present; it might be a synonym of a Southeast Asian species.
Yang Datong, Annemarie Ohler, Lu Shunqing 2004. Limnonectes liui. In: IUCN 2014