This species is only known from Shapotou and Shenjiatan, in Yinnan County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, along the shores of Huang He (Yellow River) at the edge of the Tengger Desert, China.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits pools along the banks of the Yellow River at the edge of desert.
It is a common species, but is probably in decline.
The major threat is over-collecting for food; other threats include drought and water pollution.
The Shapotou location is within a national nature reserve. There is a need to manage the offtake of this species for human consumption in a sustainable manner.
Red List Status
This species was synonymized with Pelophylax nigromaculatus by Fei, Ye and Huang (1991), and this synonymy was accepted by Dubois (1992) and Dubois and Ohler (1996). However, Zhao and Adler (1993) still consider this to be a valid species and hence it is included here pending a definitive decision on its taxonomic status.
Wang Yuezhao, Zhao Ermi 2004. Pelophylax tenggerensis. In: IUCN 2014