This Indian species has been recorded from the Nilgiris, Anamalai Hills, and Agasthyamala Hill ranges, Kudremukh National Park, and from several localities in Maharashtra State. Records from Maharashtra require further investigation to confirm that they belong to this species. It has an altitudinal range of between 400 and 2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a nocturnal, arboreal species associated with the understorey of tropical moist forest. It can also occur in modified habitats such as coffee, tea and Acacia plantations. It is a direct developer, and deposits its eggs (20-45 eggs) on leaves (Biju 2003).
It is relatively common where it occurs.
It is threatened by the conversion of native forest to intensively cultivated areas (including tea and coffee plantations) and timber plantations.
It has been recorded in many protected areas including the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (which includes Silent Valley National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary), Parambikulum Wildlife Sanctuary, Ponmudi Wildlife Sanctuary, and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka, and Indira Gandhi National Park and Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary, both in Tamil Nadu.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
This species assessment is based on the recent taxonomic revision by Bossuyt and Dubois (2001).
S.D. Biju, S. Bhupathy, Gajanan Dasaramji Bhuddhe, Bexel Ayyasamy Daniel, Sushil Dutta, S.P. Vijayakumar, Karthikeyan Vasudevan 2004. Raorchestes glandulosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58847A11849180. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58847A11849180.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018