This species is known from south-eastern Chongqing, south-western Hunan, eastern Guizhou, and Fuchuan in eastern Guangxi in central China, from 500-1,800m asl. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits hill streams of varying sizes and the surrounding habitats in forested areas, and sometimes also occurs in streamside pools. It breeds in streams where the larvae also develop.
It is a very common species.
This species is affected by habitat destruction and degradation for dam construction and subsistence wood collecting, and also by harvesting for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Small numbers are exported for the international pet trade, though probably not at a level to constitute a threat to the species.
Several protected areas in the region fall within the species' range.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Yuan Zhigang, Michael Wai Neng Lau 2004. Paramesotriton caudopunctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59456A11945015. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59456A11945015.en