This species is known with certainty from "Upper Rotung (2000ft [610m asl])" in Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India. There are also records from Motuo County at 2,500m asl in south-eastern Xizang Autonomous Region, China (Fei 1999), but it is not certain that these refer to the same species, and so are not included in the map here.
Habitat and Ecology
This species probably occurs in tropical moist forest, but nothing is known regarding its habitats and biology. It presumably breeds by direct development, like other members of its genus.
There is no information on its abundance. It is known with certainty only from a single specimen.
The threats to this species are not known.
It is not known from any protected areas. More work is needed to ascertain whether or not this is a valid species, and if so, its distribution, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs should be determined. The identity of the animals from China attributed to this species also needs to be clarified.
There is ongoing confusion regarding the taxonomic validity of this species. We follow Delorme et al. (2006) in placing this species in the genus Philautus, following their examination of the type specimen.
Sushil Dutta, Annemarie Ohler, Sohrab Uddin Sarker 2008. Philautus kempii. In: IUCN 2014