This species is restricted to the mountains of north-western Nepal, where it has been recorded from 3,000-5,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an alpine species strongly associated with streams in grassland habitats. While the species is known to breed in streams there is little information available on the site of egg deposition or larval ecology.
It is considered a rare species.
The main threat to this species is the diversion of water from breeding streams for agricultural use (irrigation). There is also ongoing habitat loss for agriculture and human settlement.
It is not known whether or not this species occurs in protected areas, but it might occur in Rara National Park or Shey-Phoksundo National Park.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 2,000km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its stream habitat.
Annemarie Ohler, Tej Kumar Shrestha 2004. Scutiger nepalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57617A11664079. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57617A11664079.en .Downloaded on 17 December 2018