This species is restricted to the high mountain ranges of Taiwan, Province of China, at around 2,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits primary forests. Breeding takes place in headwater streams and underground seepages where the larvae also develop.
It is known to be rare, and is seldom encountered.
The major threat is habitat destruction and degradation, mainly due to the development of infrastructure for tourism.
This is a protected species in Taiwan, Province of China. It is present in Ray-yuan Nature Reserve and Taroko National Park.
Lue Kuangyang, Chou Wenhao 2004. Hynobius formosanus. In: IUCN 2014