This species is known only from the type locality: "Kapildhara Falls, Amarkantak (23° 10'N; 81° 70'E), ca. 190km southeast of Jabalpur City, Shahdol, Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh, central India."
Habitat and Ecology
It is nocturnal, associated with old growth, tropical, moist, semi-evergreen and mesic forest, and does not occur outside forest. It presumably breeds by direct development, like other species in the genus.
There are no details about the population status of this species.
The main threat is believed to be the loss of suitable habitat due to harvesting of wood for subsistence purposes, infrastructure development for tourism, and fires.
The type locality is a sacred grove, which is relatively small and does not guarantee protection. Improved protection and maintenance of the remaining habitat is needed, in addition to survey work to determine the species' current population status.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2 and its Area Of Occupancy is less than 10km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Philautus sanctipalustris is an incorrect subsequent spelling of Philautus sanctisilvaticus according to Bossuyt and Dubois (2001).
Indraneil Das, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, S.P. Vijayakumar 2004. Philautus sanctisilvaticus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58897A11846368. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58897A11846368.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019