This species is known from coastal Guangdong, including Hong Kong, in China, from 30-940m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits low- to medium-gradient hill streams and the surrounding forests. Breeding takes place in slow-flowing stream pools where the larvae also develop.
It is a very common species.
A particular threat to this species is the collection of significant numbers for the pet trade.
Its main distribution range falls within protected areas, and the Hong Kong population is protected by local legislation. This species has been widely bred in captivity.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, and the species might be in decline because it is being collected for the pet trade, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
We follow Thorn and Raffaëlli (2001) in recognizing this as a full species distinct from Paramesotriton chinensis.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Bosco Chan 2004. Paramesotriton hongkongensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59460A11945539. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59460A11945539.en