This species is so far known with certainty only from Venkidds Valley Estate, about 20 km south of Madikeri (5
Mercara), in Kodagu (5 Coorg) District, southern Karnataka, in the Western Ghats of India, at 1,143m asl (Wilkinson et al., 2007). It is likely to occur more widely, and there is a specimen from an unspecified locality in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka or Kerala (Wilkinson et al., 2007). There are also additional possible records from Karnataka and northern Kerala currently under investigation (D. Gower pers. comm.).
Habitat and Ecology
The type locality is a mixed coffee and areca nut plantation, and the holotype was collected by digging in soil adjacent to a small stream (Wilkinson et al., 2007). Its original habitat is unknown. It is presumably oviparous with terrestrial eggs and aquatic larvae, like other members of its genus.
There is no information on its abundance. It is known from only seven specimens, but several of these were collected in a single day by digging (Wilkinson et al., 2007).
Although it can clearly survive in agricultural habitat, more information is needed on its range and ecological requirements of this species before it could be considered unthreatened (Wilkinson et al., 2007).
It has not been recorded from any protected areas. Although it can clearly tolerate disturbed habitats, its distribution and biology remain largely unknown and more survey work and research are needed (Wilkinson et al., 2007).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
David Gower, Mark Wilkinson 2008. Ichthyophis kodaguensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136094A4232490. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T136094A4232490.en .Downloaded on 13 November 2018