This recently described species is known only from the type locality near Jiyuan city, in Shengcheng County, Henan Province, China, where it was collected at an altitude of 424m asl. As details of the only collection site were not provided in the original description, the distribution map is approximate. The species might occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in streams, in which it probably breeds, and in the surrounding forest areas.
The population status of this species is not known. Only one small population has so far been found.
The threats to this species are not known. However, the area in which it occurs has in the bast been impacted by clear-felling of forest, and selective logging still continues.
It might occur in the Jingangshan Nature Reserve, but this needs to be confirmed. It is important to carry out surveys to determine the distribution, threats and conservation needs of this very distinctive species.
We follow Frost (2009) in placing this very poorly known but highly distinctive species in the genus Quasipaa. It was previously placed in the genus Yerana.
Xie Feng 2004. Quasipaa yei. In: IUCN 2014