This species is restricted to the tropical forests of Agasthyamala Hills in the southern Western Ghats of India. Specimens previously reported from northern Kerala belong to Philautus glandulosus (S.D. Biju pers. comm.). The type specimen was collected at Athirimala at around 1,250m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with the understorey of undisturbed tropical moist evergreen forest, and is believed to reproduce by direct development.
This species is common where it occurs.
This species occurs in a remote area, which is not presently threatened by habitat modification, although this could possibly change in the future.
It has been recorded in the Agasthyamala Hills of the Neyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. Recent field studies including this species have been undertaken by S.D. Biju (from 1998 to 2001).
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened, because although the species is abundant within its small range, and may not be declining, its extent of occurrence is much less than 5,000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, S.P. Vijayakumar, Chelmala Srinivasulu, S. Bhupathy 2004. Raorchestes beddomii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58822A11845833. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58822A11845833.en .Downloaded on 16 November 2018