This species is endemic to the hilly areas (80-800m asl) in central and south-western Hainan, China.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits and breeds in medium and large streams, usually in forested regions, including in heavily disturbed forest.
It is a very common species.
Habitat destruction and degradation, due to smallholder farming activities and dam construction, is a localized threat. Over-exploitation for human consumption might also be a threat.
It is present in several protected areas on the island.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on Hainan Island.
Jiang, Hu and Zhao (1987) considered this species to belong to the genus Buergeria, rather than Rhacophorus, and this is now widely accepted.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Bosco Chan, Shi Haitao 2004. Buergeria oxycephala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58784A11828036. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58784A11828036.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019