This species is widely distributed in the Western Ghats of India. It has an altitudinal range of 300-1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an arboreal species of tropical moist evergreen forest, deciduous forest, secondary (disturbed) forest and coffee plantations. It is present in the lower canopy and understorey levels of the forest. It breeds in vegetation overhanging ponds, and the tadpoles develop in the pools.
It is a fairly common species.
Conversion of forest habitat for use as intensively farmed agricultural land (coffee plantations) is a major threat.
It has been recorded from numerous protected areas including Indira Gandhi National Park in Tamil Nadu, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Wynaad Wildlife Sanctuary and Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, all in Kerala, and Kudremukh National Park and Nagarhole Wild Life Sanctuary, both in Karnataka.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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