This species is endemic to central and southern China, and occurs from 300-1,900m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits hill streams and nearby ponds, and breeds in streams, the eggs being laid in water under stones.
It is a very common species, although there has been an observed decline.
The major threats to the species are over-exploitation for human consumption, habitat destruction and degradation (mainly due to wood collecting), and water pollution.
It is present in several protected areas, but many are in need of improved and strengthened management. There is a need to ensure that the offtake of this species from the wild for human consumption is managed sustainably.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because of an observed population decline, estimated to be more than 50% over the last three generations, inferred from over-harvesting, observed shrinkage in distribution and ongoing habitat destruction and degradation. The generation length is estimated to be five years.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Yuan Zhigang, Zhao Ermi, Bosco Chan 2004. Quasipaa boulengeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58420A11778088. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58420A11778088.en .Downloaded on 12 December 2018