This species is present throughout much of the Western Ghats, and also in the Eastern Ghats of India. Reports from northeastern India need verification and are not included here. It has a wide altitudinal range being found from sea level to 1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species adapted to a wide variety of habitats including semi-evergreen moist deciduous forest, plantations, agricultural fields and rural gardens. Breeding takes place in temporary ponds and other waterbodies.
It is a locally abundant species.
Aquatic pollution (agricultural and domestic), severe droughts and wildfires are the main threats to this species.
It is found in numerous protected areas. It is protected by national legislation.
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Robert Inger 2004. Hylarana malabarica. In: IUCN 2014