This species is endemic to southwestern China and occurs in southwestern Sichuan, western Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, from 1,150-2,300m asl. It can be expected to occur in neighbouring Myanmar, though there are not yet any records.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits paddy fields, ditches and ponds, and also breeds in these habitats.
It is a common species, although there has been a population decline recently.
Habitat destruction and degradation caused by urbanization and water pollution are major threats to this species. It is also eaten locally by people.
The range of this species overlaps with a number of protected areas in the region.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Yang Datong, Lu Shunqing 2004. Babina pleuraden. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58698A11815274. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58698A11815274.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019