This species is known only from Binchuan and Lijian Counties, in Yunnan Province, China, from 1,900 to 2,800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is associated with mountain streams surrounded by forest. The mating call of the males can be heard at the end of May. The tadpoles live under rocks in streams.
There is no information on its abundance.
The habitat of this species is being degraded as a result of the effects of logging, road contruction, and tourism.
It occurs in two nature reserves (Jizushan and Yulongxueshan) and a national park (Lijiang). Research is needed to determine its population numbers, range, threats and conservation needs. Habitat protection is probably important for this species.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and its habitat is in decline, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Although originally described as a subspecies of Xenophrys minor, this taxon was treated as a full species by Delorme et al (2006).
Xie Feng 2008. Megophrys binchuanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136062A4225414. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T136062A4225414.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018