This species is endemic to central China and is known from Sichuan, Guizhou, Hunan and Guangxi provinces. It has been recorded from 510-1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits and breeds in streams in forested regions; the eggs are laid in water under stones.
This species is currently believed to be in decline.
Over-collecting for human consumption is a threat to this species. It is also threatened by habitat destruction and degradation, in particular dam construction and logging.
It is present in several protected areas in the region.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because of an observed population decline, estimated to be more than 30% 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 2004. Quasipaa shini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58438A11781172. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58438A11781172.en .Downloaded on 13 November 2018