This species occurs in (the central and southern highlands of) Viet Nam, and (eastern) Cambodia. Regarding Viet Nam, there are records from the following localities (arranged from north to south): Minh Hoa (in Quang Binh Province); Dong Tam Ve and Huong Hoa (in Quang Tri Province); A Luoi and Thua Luu (in Thua Thien-Hue Province); Tra My, Nam Giang and Tay Giang (in Quang Nam Province); Kon Plong (in Kon Tum Province); K Bang, Kon Cha Rang and Krong Pa (in Gia Lai Province); Yok Don and near Chu Yang Sin Nature Reserve (in Dak Lak Province); Da The and Lac Duong (in Lam Dong Province); and Cat Tien (in Dong Nai Province) (Nguyen Quang Truong pers. comm., Bourret 1942, Ziegler et al. 2006, N. Orlov pers. comm.). In Cambodia, the species is known from Mondolkiri Province. It may also occur between the currently known sites and in neighbouring Lao PDR. It has been recorded between 100 and 1,000 m asl (Nguyen Quang Truong pers. comm.).
Habitat and Ecology
It is an uncommon species (Nguyen Quang Truong pers. comm.).
In Viet Nam this species is collected by local communities for food (Nguyen Quang Truong pers. comm.). Its natural habitat is being threatened by forest clearance for agriculture, logging and human settlements (Nguyen Quang Truong pers. comm.).
We follow Ohler et al. (2002) in treating this as a species distinct from Limnonectes kohchangae.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Limnonectes poilani. In: IUCN 2014