This species is known from Hekou and Pingbian in Yunnan, China, from Tam Dao in northern Viet Nam (Nguyen Quong Truong pers. comm.), and from the higher altitudes of the Lang Bian plateau of southern Viet Nam (Bourret 1942; Inger, Orlov and Darevsky 1999). It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest. It has been recorded from 700-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is known from pools and swampy riparian areas in forest, although the non-breeding habitat is poorly known. Single eggs are laid on plant stems above water.
It is considered common in China. In Viet Nam it is known from a single specimen collected in 1918, and then large series were collected from 1993 to 1995 (Inger, Orlov and Darevsky 1999). It was also recorded from a few specimens in Tam Dao in 2000.
The principal threats to this species are forest degradation and water pollution arising from agricultural activities.
It occurs in Daweishan National Nature Reserve in China, and in Kon Cha Ran Nature Reserve and Tam Dao National Park in Viet Nam (Inger, Orlov and Darevsky 1999). Further efforts are needed to establish protected areas at Buon Luoi and elsewhere in the An Khe District, Gia Lai Province, Viet Nam.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
This species is sometimes included in the genus Philautus. Its taxonomy requires further study.
Peter Paul van Dijk, Nguyen Quang Truong, Lu Shunqing, Yang Datong 2004. Feihyla palpebralis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58792A11830377. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58792A11830377.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018