This species is endemic to the mountain ranges of central and south-western Hainan, China, from 270m to over 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits evergreen broadleaf forests, and breeds in hill streams.
It is uncommon (Lu Sunqing pers. comm.).
The major threat is habitat loss and degradation due to subsistence agriculture and small-scale wood collection. Local people also collect the species for food.
It is present in a number of protected areas on Hainan.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on Hainan Island, China.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Shi Haitao 2004. Leptobrachium hainanense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57553A11657723. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57553A11657723.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019