This species is known only from Jiexi County in north-eastern Guangdong Province, China, above 600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits and breeds in pools and small lakes, with the larvae developing in water. During hibernation it lives in terrestrial habitats, including forest and lightly degraded areas.
It is a rare species, and appears to be in decline.
The major threat is habitat loss and degradation, particularly due to infrastructure development for tourist activities.
There are no known protected areas within the species' range, making habitat protection for this species an urgent priority.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat and in the number of mature individuals.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Bosco Chan 2004. Hypselotriton orphicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59443A11942332. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59443A11942332.en