This species is known only from the Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hills of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Other records are attributable to L. tweediei (Dring 1979). The altitudinal range is 900-1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is known from montane rainforest and congregates and breeds in permanently wet seepage areas (Dring 1979; Manthey and Grossmann 1997; Chan-ard et al. 1999; Leong Tzi Ming pers. comm.).
It can be locally common within its small range (Leong Tzi Ming pers. comm.).
Development of the Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hills for agriculture (tea and vegetables) and tourism, and plans for industrial estates, pose real threats to this species.
Although montane forest in this part of Peninsular Malaysia is relatively secure in some places, there is still a need for improved protection of montane forest habitats. Surveys are needed to determine whether L. nitidus is genuinely restricted to the Cameron Highlands and the Fraser's Hills.
This species was previously thought by Berry (1975) and Kiew (1975) to include Limnonectes tweediei. However, Dring (1979), Grandison (1982) and Leong Tzi Ming (pers. comm.) consider the two forms to be distinct.
Leong Tzi Ming, Norsham Yaakob 2004. Limnonectes nitidus. In: IUCN 2014