This species ranges throughout much of Nepal, Bhutan, and northern India and is also present in southern Xizang province (Yadong and Nielamu) in China. It has been recorded at elevations of 1,500-3,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with streams in high-altitude shrubland. It breeds in streams, the eggs being laid in water under stones.
It is reported to be a common species in South Asia, but is considered rare in China.
Some decrease in available habitat due to the localized clearance of shrubland is occurring within the species' range. It is also threatened by changes in waterway management, for example dam construction.
Part of the range of this species is covered by the Yadong National Nature Reserve in China. In India it is known from Dihang-Dibang Biosphere Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh State. Recent field studies have been undertaken by Shrestra (2001). It is protected by national legislation in India.
Fei Liang, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Sushil Dutta, Tej Kumar Shrestha, Mohini Mohan Borah 2004. Nanorana liebigii. In: IUCN 2014