This species is endemic to central and southern China and is found in Fujian, Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, including Hong Kong. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites. It has been recorded from just above sea level to 1,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits small, hill streams in forests or shrublands. It sometimes also occurs in seepages, stream-fed marshes, and forests. It breeds in streams, the eggs being laid in water under stones.
It is a very common species, although it is believed to be in decline.
The major threat to this species is over-collecting for human consumption, and habitat destruction and degradation.
It is present in several protected areas in the region.
Michael Wai Neng Lau, Geng Baorong 2004. Quasipaa exilispinosa. In: IUCN 2014