This species is found in central and northern Viet Nam and in Zhejiang, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan Provinces in south and central China. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites. The altitudinal range is between 400-900m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is an arboreal species inhabiting montane areas including cultivated fields, bamboo forests and shrubland. It breeds in rice fields and permanent pools.
It is common within its range.
Habitat degradation is a potential threat to this species.
The species' range overlaps with Tam Dao National Park and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Viet Nam and many protected areas in China. Its population status and distribution data are required for Viet Nam.
This species was formerly considered to be a subspecies of Hyla chinensis. Old records of H. chinensis from Viet Nam are probably attributable to this taxon (see Bourret 1942).
Peter Paul van Dijk, Nguyen Quang Truong, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Yuan Zhigang, Gu Huiqing 2004. Hyla simplex. In: IUCN 2014