This species is known with certainty from Xinduqiao County, Sichuan Province, China. A second population from Zhendoushan might belong to this species. In general, this species might be more widespread, but further investigation is needed to confirm the identity of populations other than the Xinduqiao County population reported by Fu et al. (2001). It can be found at elevations of 1,800 to around 4,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a largely aquatic species associated with slow-flowing streams in grassland areas. Animals can occasionally be found on the stream bank. The female lays a pair of egg sacs and attaches these below stones in the stream. It is unlikely to be adaptable to habitat modification.
This species is common within its restricted range.
The species is threatened by overgrazing of habitat by livestock (presumably the vegetation surrounding streams), and the local use of the species for traditional medicine.
It is not known from any protected areas. There is a need to implement measures to ensure that the offtake of this species from the wild is managed in a sustainable manner.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.
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