This is a very widespread species. It is found in central, northern, southern and south-western China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau), and through mainland Southeast Asia, south to northern Peninsular Malaysia. It has been recorded from a single locality in the north of Sumatra (Indonesia). It occurs up to 2,000m asl. The boundary between this species and Microhyla ornata is not clear, but has been arbitrarily set at the western border of Myanmar, pending further information.
Habitat and Ecology
It occupies a number of habitat types including lowland scrub forest, grassland, agricultural land, pastureland and urban areas. Sub-fossorial in habit, it is also found in forest floor leaf-litter. It is mostly a nocturnal species that is only active diurnally during the rainy season. It breeds in temporary rain pools and other bodies of still water. It can occur in modified areas, such as non-intensively farmed agricultural land.
It is a common species through most of its range.
Globally there are no major threats to this species. It might be locally threatened by agrochemical pollution (land and water) and the conversion of habitat to intensively cultivated land.
It is found in many protected areas throughout its range.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
We follow Matsui et al. (2005) in separating this species from Microhyla ornata.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Geng Baorong, Peter Paul van Dijk, Djoko Iskandar 2008. Microhyla fissipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135848A4210760. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135848A4210760.en