This species is known only from the type locality, "Kempholey, Hassan" (Rao 1937), in the Western Ghats of India, at around 200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The habitat preferences of this species are not known, although it is possibly a forest species. It presumably has aquatic larvae in streams, like other species of Micrixalus.
There is no information on its population status; it is known only from the lost holotype.
The area where it was collected, and might possibly still occur, is threatened by clearance for agricultural use (including coffee cultivation).
It is protected by national legislation.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
The holotype of this species is lost, and the designation of a neotype is necessary if this proves to be a valid species. Rao (1937) originally described this species as Philautus elegans, but Bossuyt and Dubois (2001) transferred it from the genus Philautus to Micrixalus.
S.D. Biju 2004. Micrixalus elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58377A11762591. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58377A11762591.en .Downloaded on 12 December 2018