This species is endemic to Borneo, where it has been recorded from West, Central, East and North Kalimantan Provinces in Indonesia; throughout Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia; and Brunei Darussalam. It may also occur on Sumatra (Prawiradilaga et al. 2014). It is found in most hilly, lowland areas and is present at elevations up to 750 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives along the banks of small to large, rocky streams in hilly rainforest. It also survives in secondary habitats and can be found in old plantations, but there must be clear water and good water quality (P. Yambun pers. comm. January 2018). Larvae develop in quiet side pools of such streams. Adults do not wander from the vicinity of stream banks.
It is common in suitable habitat, but due to ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat and ongoing harvesting, the population is suspected to be decreasing (Malaysia Red List Assessment Workshop January 2018). Estimates of subpopulation size at one locality were 80-180 individuals per 600 m of stream.
Deforestation by severe clear-cutting of lowland forest for oil palm plantations and logging is occurring throughout Borneo. Localized over-hunting is a threat because of the long life cycle and small clutch size of this species.
It has been recorded from many protected areas.
Taxonomic research is needed to resolve the status of this species. Further research on this species' distribution, population size and trends is recommended.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, and large population.
This species was previously included in Limnonectes blythii.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Limnonectes leporinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T58348A114921455. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T58348A114921455.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019