This species is so far known only from its type locality, Shuicheng County, in Guizhou Province, China, at 1,910-1970m asl (Tian et al., 2006). The limits of its distribution are not yet clear, but it is not likely to be very widely distributed.
Habitat and Ecology
The species lives in a karstic region. The adults live on the forest floor near streams in the non-breeding season. Breeding takes places in pools, ponds or near the springs from early May until the end of June, and the larvae develop in these habitats.
It is a rare species where it is found (Tian et al., 2006).
This species is threatened by habitat degradation as a result of clear-cutting, expanding agriculture, and pollution as a result of the use of pesticides and herbicides.
It is not known from any protected areas. This species is very poorly known, and so research is needed to determine its population numbers, range, threats and conservation needs. Habitat protection is probably important for this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat
This species was first described by Tian, Gu, Sun and Li (1998), who are the valid authors of this species. It was redescribed by Tian, Li and Gu (2006).
Xie Feng 2008. Pseudohynobius shuichengensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136191A4257650. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T136191A4257650.en .Downloaded on 16 November 2018