This species has been recorded from Malaysia (the inland swamp forests of Peninsular Malaysia; Sadong and Sematan in Sarawak), Singapore (also within inland swamp forests), Indonesia (Natuna Besar Island in the South China Sea), and as far north as south Thailand (Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary). This is a lowland species.
Habitat and Ecology
The species is predominantly an inhabitant of lowland freshwater and peat swamp forests. Males call from among or on top of leaf-litter on the forest floor, or perched on low vegetation up to one metre above ground. It is presumed that the species breeds in forest streams, although this requires verification. The species can be found in disturbed habitats and secondary forest that are adjacent to good stands of intact forest. It has been recorded from the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur (Peninsular Malaysia) where some forest fragments remain.
It is locally abundant where suitable habitat exists. Healthy populations have been recorded within the inland swamp forests of Singapore. It is considered uncommon in Thailand.
The habitat of this species is being impacted, at least locally, by logging and other forms of forest loss.
This species is believed to occur in several protected areas.
Until the recent revalidation of this species by Ming et al. (2003), Hylarana laterimaculata was regarded as a junior synonym of H. baramica.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Hylarana laterimaculata. In: IUCN 2014