This species is only known from Dayao Mountain in Shiliugongli in Guangxi Province, southern China (Rao et al., 2006). There are records from Shiliugongli at 900m asl and from Xiang-Lu-Chong at 1,200-1,600m asl, both localities being in Jinxiu County, Laibin Prefecture, Guangxi Province (Rao et al., 2006). It might be endemic to Dayao Mountain, but it is possible that it might in future be discovered elswhere in southern China (Rao Ding-Qi pers comm.).
Habitat and Ecology
It has been found in undisturbed monsoonal evergreen forest with mostly broad-leaf trees (Rao et al., 2006).The males call in grass within or beside shallow ponds, and males and amplexing pairs have also been found in wooden trays set out by local people to ambush-hunt birds (Rao et al., 2006). White foam egg-nests have been found on the sides of the wooden trays (Rao et al., 2006). Males call during the day and night, but more so at night (Rao et al., 2006). In some areas, the habitat was dry, and what little water that was present was in the wooden trays, so the frogs were limited to these sites for breeding (Rao et al., 2006). Some frogs also call from perches within broad-leaf trees (Rao et al., 2006).
It is common on parts of Dayao Mountain (Rao Ding-Qi pers comm.)
The major threat is probably forest loss, especially for wood extraction and farming. Although it has been found in disturbed habitats, these are in areas close to the forest and the species is not expected to survive significant forest loss (Rao Ding-Qi pers comm.).
It presumably occurs within Dayaoshan Nature Reserve. Survey work is needed to determine the range, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs of this species.
Red List Status
Rao Ding-Qi 2008. Rhacophorus minimus. In: IUCN 2014