This species is currently known only from Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary and Phu Kradueng National Park in Loei Province, northern Thailand, at 1,100 to 1,500m asl (Stuart et al., 2006). It might be found to occur a little more widely, but surveys in nearby Laos have not located it (B.L. Stuart pers. comm.). However, specimens from new localities in Thailand, that are probably this species, are currently being examined (Y. Chuaynkern, pers. comm.).
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found at night in intact hilly evergreen forest on boulders, rock outcrops and fallen trees within a few metres of swift, rocky streams and cascades, and in one case a slow stream (Stuart et al., 2006). It presumably breeds in streams by larval development. It probably cannot adapt to anthropogenic habitats (B.L. Stuart pers. comm.).
It can be a locally abundant species.
No information is currently available on threats to this species. All records so far are from protected areas.
It occurs in Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary and Phu Kradueng National Park (Stuart et al., 2006). Surveys are needed to determine its geographic distribution, adundance, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs.
Bryan Stuart, Yodchaiy Chuaynkern 2008. Odorrana aureola. In: IUCN 2013