This species is restricted to tropical forests in the vicinity of Coorg in Karnataka, and Wayanad and the Ponmudi Hills in Kerala, in the southern Western Ghats of India. It has been recorded at elevations between 900 and 1,200 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is nocturnal and arboreal, and associated with the understorey of tropical moist evergreen forest and shrubland. It is present in secondary forest and cultivated land (including tea and coffee plantations), provided that these are not managed too intensively. Breeding is believed to take place by direct development.
The current population status is unknown, but the species is known from very few localities.
The major threat is conversion of native forest to intensively cultivated areas (including tea, coffee and other non-timber plantations).
It has been recorded in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. Further survey work is needed to determine the current population status of this species, given that there have been no recent field studies.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Western Ghats of India.
This species was recently revalidated (Bossuyt and Dubois 2001). It was previously considered to be a synonym of Philautus variabilis. Specimens recorded as P. temporalis and P. leucorhinus from the Western Ghats of India are now correctly assigned to this species (Bossuyt and Dubious 2001).
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