This species is restricted to the central mountain range and Nau Kou in Taiwan, Province of China, above 2,750m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits undisturbed conifer forests at high elevations. Breeding takes place in streams where the larvae also develop.
It is a very rare species.
The major threat is habitat destruction and degradation, mainly due to the development of infrastructure for tourism.
This is a protected species in Taiwan, Province of China, and it is present in Taroko National Park.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
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