This species is known from Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan Provinces in China, from 3,300-4,500m asl. Specimens originally reported from Pakistan and the Kashmir region have been allocated to other taxa.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives and breeds in alpine marshes, pools, ponds and streams in open high-altitude habitats.
It is thought to be quite common, although one population has undergone a decline over the past five years in apparently suitable habitat.
A major threat to this species is habitat destruction and degradation caused by over-grazing by livestock. The reasons for the recent rapid decline of one population in an apparently suitable habitat are not known. Climate change might be a factor and can be considered a threat now and in the future.
Several protected areas are present within the range of this species. Chytridiomycosis cannot be ruled out as a cause of the recent decline, and this should be investigated.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is probably in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because its habitat is being over-grazed by livestock through most of its range, and there are also other unidentified threats, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Specimens collected in Pakistan by Annandale (1917) and assigned to Rana pleskei (= Nanorana pleskei) were allocated to Scutiger occidentalis (= S. nyingchiensis) by Dubois (1978, 1987). The Kashmir specimen reported by Mertens (1969), is referable to R. vicina (= Paa vicina) (Dubois and Khan 1979). Other reports of N. pleskei in Pakistan and Kashmir are references to the above collections that have now been allocated to other species.
Wang Yuezhao, Annemarie Ohler, Muhammad Sharif Khan, Xie Feng 2004. Nanorana pleskei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58393A11766678. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58393A11766678.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019