Allowing for the uncertainty associated with the attribution of various Paa populations to various names, this appears to be a taxon ranging from south of the Chinese border through the Annamite Mountains to southern Lao People's Democratic Republic (Bourret 1942; Inger, Orlov and Darevsky 1999; Ohler et. al. 2000; B. Stuart pers. comm.), and has been recorded from 500-1,700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It has been recorded in and around streams, in which it breeds, in hill and lower montane evergreen forest.
It is thought to be common throughout most of its range.
The major threat is collection for consumption, and presumably also degradation of forest habitat and stream sedimentation, as a result of logging.
Significant areas of appropriate habitat appear to be covered by the collective protected areas of Viet Nam and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, but harvesting is still a problem in these areas (BirdLife International 2001), and so needs to be managed more sustainably. Clarification of the taxonomic identity and the distribution of Paa frogs in this region is also necessary.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since the species depends on streams in forest, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Peter Paul van Dijk, Steven Swan 2004. Quasipaa verrucospinosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58442A11781714. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58442A11781714.en .Downloaded on 14 November 2018