This species is known with certainty from Yunnan, Guizhou, Hainan, Guangxi and Guangdong Provinces in central, southern and southwestern China, and from northern Myanmar (Smith, 1940) and northern Viet Nam. It is suspected to range into northern Thailand and beyond (P. van Dijk pers. comm.). It occurs from 50-1,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits forests and the surrounding areas. It breeds in still-water habitats such as pools, ponds, marshes and paddy fields. It makes foam nests over pools when breeding.
Due to confusion with other species, the population status of this species is not known.
It inhabits lowland forest, which is the most threatened habitat in this region; therefore forest clearance and degradation are likely threats to this species.
It is found in several protected areas throughout its range.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This species is commonly misidentified as Polypedates leucomystax.
Peter Paul van Dijk, Annemarie Ohler, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Shi Haitao, Yang Datong 2004. Polypedates mutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58958A11862355. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58958A11862355.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019