This species is found throughout much of Nepal at elevations of 2,600-3,900m asl, and also in Nielamu County in Xizang province, China around 3,400m asl. It probably occurs a little more widely, perhaps ranging into India and Bhutan.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with stream habitats in montane forest. It breeds in streams and the eggs are laid in water under stones.
In Nepal it is fairly common at higher elevations, however in China it is considered very rare.
There are no known threats to the species at present.
It has been recorded in Lantang National Park in Nepal.
Fei Liang, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Annemarie Ohler, Tej Kumar Shrestha 2004. Nanorana polunini. In: IUCN 2014