Brachytarsophrys carinense
family: Megophryidae

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AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China, Myanmar, Thailand


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from eastern Myanmar and northern, southern and western Thailand. It was originally recorded also from China but this population has now been described as a distinct species (Brachytarsophrys platyparietus). Records from the Tay Nguyen plateau of south-central Viet Nam represent B. intermedia (Orlov et al. 2000). It is generally found in hilly to steep mountainous areas above 500 m asl. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites.

Habitat and Ecology

This species inhabits evergreen forests. Males have been observed calling from small mountain streams. They are a stream-breeding species, and the larvae develop in water.


No quantitative data are available, but anecdotal information indicates that the species is uncommon to rare even in the areas where it occurs (Taylor 1962). When commissioned, collectors have had difficulty-finding animals.

Population Trend

Major Threats

An apparently strong tie to evergreen forest makes this species sensitive to forest degradation processes, including fires and logging. Its long larval stage requiring clear, clean streams adds a further sensitivity to pollution.

Conservation Actions

Maintaining the protected areas in the northern and western mountains of Thailand, safeguarding these from further fire and encroachment impacts, and further developing the protected areas system of eastern Myanmar are recommended for this species. Research into life history, taxonomy and population size and threats are needed.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.

Taxonomic Notes

What used to be recognized as Brachytarsophrys carinense in southern China was identified as a distinct species B. platyparietus. Records from the Tay Nguyen plateau of south-central Viet Nam represent Megophys intermedia (Orlov et al. 2000)


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Megophrys carinense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T57537A118184853. .Downloaded on 18 January 2019


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