This species is known from Jinxiu and Dayaoshan in Guangxi province, and Jianfenglian in Hainan province in China, and from the Lang Bian and Kon Tum Highlands of southern Viet Nam through the Annamite mountains of Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam (Smith, 1921, Bourret, 1941, Inger, 1999, Stuart, 1999), and also from Thailand in Phu Luang, Loei Province (T. Chan-ard pers. comm.). It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites. In the Annamite mountains it was recorded from 500-700m asl, and in Thailand above 1,000m asl, and in China above 500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It has been reported from leaf-litter and on low vegetation near streams in evergreen forest. Breeding aggregations have been observed in paddy fields near forests.
It is generally an uncommon frog even in areas where it is confirmed to occur, as indicated by small collection series and late reporting from long-term surveyed areas.
Most records originate from forested areas that are already protected parks or otherwise relatively secure from extensive deforestation, but frequent fires are a source of concern.
Ensuring that designated protected areas within its range remain ecologically intact is the main conservation objective.
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 was elevated to full species status by Inger et al. (1999) and Fei and Ye (1999).
Peter Paul van Dijk, Bryan Stuart, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Zhao Ermi 2004. Rana johnsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58629A11816103. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58629A11816103.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019