This species occurs from far southern Thailand (Yala and Narathiwat provinces, Taylor, 1962), through most of Peninsular Malaysia and Penang Island (Berry, 1975) to Singapore (Lim and Lim, 1992 and Ming, 2000). There is also a record from the Khao Pra Bangkram Wildlife Sanctuary further to the north in Peninsular Thailand. It occurs from lowlands up to about 1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits small streams and is associated with swampy puddles in primary and degraded rainforest. It lays its eggs in small-excavated holes on the edge of streams. The tadpoles develop in streams.
This is not a rare frog in appropriate habitat, but it is never abundant. It is considered uncommon in Singapore and Thailand.
Some habitat loss is taking place, which is detrimental to local populations, but overall the species seems secure.
The species is confirmed from enough protected areas and watershed protection areas to expect that viable populations will persist for the foreseeable future.
Norsham Yaakob, Jeet Sukumaran, Leong Tzi Ming, Yodchaiy Chuaynkern 2004. Limnonectes plicatellus. In: IUCN 2013