This species is currently known from five localities in Fujian Province, southeastern China, where it has been recorded at 700-1,400m asl (Geng Baorong pers. comm.). There are records from Daiyun Mountain, Datian, Yongding, Nanjing and Zhaoan (Geng Baorong pers. comm.), though it probably occurs more widely, and is likely to occur in localities between the currently known sites.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of forest-fringed, small hill streams, particularly those with cascades. It does not survive where the forest is removed. The eggs are laid in rock crevices where the water splashes over them, and the larvae cling to the rocks by means of a ventral sucker.
It is a common species.
The major threats to this species are habitat destruction and degradation caused by agriculture, clear-cutting, human settlement and the construction of hydroelectric plants.
It occurs in Daiyun Mountain National Natural Reserve and in Nanjing Huboliao National Natural Reserve. Surveys are needed to determine the range, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs of this species.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and its habitat is in decline, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
This species was treated as a synonym of Amolops hongkongensis by Yang (1991), but we follow Fei (1999), Jin et al. (2005), and Ngo et al. (2006) in treating it as a separate species.
Geng Baorong 2008. Amolops daiyunensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135800A4203207. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135800A4203207.en .Downloaded on 21 November 2018