This species is endemic to central and southern China (Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Fujian, Gaungdong, Guangxi and maybe Henan Provinces). It has been recorded from sea level to 1,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits forests and sometimes grasslands. It breeds in paddy fields, ponds and temporary pools with some herbaceous plants.
It is a very common species.
Infrastructure development and water pollution are major threats to this species.
A number of protected areas in the region support this species.
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.
This species was in the past mistaken to be Rana japonica.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Zhao Ermi 2004. Rana zhenhaiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58753A11837478. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58753A11837478.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019