Quasipaa exilispinosa 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dicroglossidae

Scientific Name: Quasipaa exilispinosa (Liu & Hu, 1975)
Common Name(s):
English Little Spiny Frog, Hong Kong Paa Frog
Paa exilispinosa (Liu and Hu, 1975)
Rana paraspinosa Dubois, 1975
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2acd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Michael Wai Neng Lau, Geng Baorong
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because of an observed population decline, estimated to be more than 30% over the last three generations, inferred from over-harvesting, observed shrinkage in distribution and ongoing habitat destruction and degradation. The generation length is estimated to be five years.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: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.
Countries occurrence:
China; Hong Kong
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very common species, although it is believed to be in decline.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is over-collecting for human consumption, and habitat destruction and degradation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas in the region.

Citation: Michael Wai Neng Lau, Geng Baorong. 2004. Quasipaa exilispinosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58424A11779154. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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