This species is known only from the type locality of Mount Dawei, in Pingbian County, Yunnan Province, China (Rao et al., 2006). It has been found from 2,089m asl up to about 2,500m asl (Rao et al., 2006). It could possibly widely, including in neighbouring Vietnam.
Habitat and Ecology
The species has been recorded from moderately sized, slow-flowing forested streams close to the summit of Mount Dawei (Rao et al., 2006). It is not known if the species can persist in heavily disturbed habitats. Males have been hearde calling beside streams, usually from just under the soil (Rao et al., 2006). It is a larval-developing species, with oviposition presumably taking place in streams.
It is a rare species (Rao Ding-Qi pers comm.).
This species is known only from a well-protected area, where the only threat is potential habitat loss through the construction of facilities for tourists (Rao Ding-Qi pers comm.).
The species occurs in the Mount Dawei National Nature Reserve (Rao Ding-Qi pers comm.). Additional studies are needed on the distribution, abundance, breeding biology and general ecology of this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
Rao Ding-Qi 2008. Leptobrachium promustache. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135899A4218130. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135899A4218130.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019