Nothing is known about this species' distribution except that it was described from somewhere in southern Viet Nam (Schenkel 1901). Bourret (1942) reported the species from both Vung Tau Province and somewhere in Central Viet Nam, but there is only one recorded specimen of this species and it is unclear how accurate these localities are.
Habitat and Ecology
There are no records on the ecology and habitat use of this species, however it presumably occurs in forest and reproduces in still water, as with other, better known Microhyla species. A considerable portion of the forest in Viet Nam has been converted to agricultural land (Sodhi et al. 2009).
The only individual of this species to have ever been recorded is the holotype (Schenkel 1901); the size and trends of its population remain completely unknown.
The threats to this species are not known. A high rate of forest loss has been identified as a significant threat to biodiversity throughout Lao PDR, with natural forest being cleared for expanding agriculture (Sodhi et al. 2009). Satellite imagery shows a considerable amount of cleared land within southern Viet Nam.
Further surveys of the region are needed to determine its range, and research is required on its population size and trends, life history and ecology, and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient as this species' distribution, abundance, ecology and threats are unknown.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Microhyla picta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57890A86814925. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T57890A86814925.en .Downloaded on 21 November 2018