Raorchestes graminirupes
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Species Description: S.D. Biju and F. Bossuyt(2005)Two new Philautus from Ponmudi Hill in the Western Ghats of India Copeia 2005(1) p. 29-37
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to the area of Ponmudi Hill in the northern part of the Agasthyamala Hill range (formerly Ashambu Hills), Kerala, in the southern Western Ghats of India. It has been recorded from an elevation of 1,030m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is primarily an open grassland species, but it is also associated with grassland shrubs. It breeds by direct development and eggs are deposited at the base of grass clumps or in rock crevices.


It appears to be a common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It occurs in an area of grassland and forest that is generally reasonably well protected. However, the expansion of the surrounding tea plantations might be considered a threat in the future.

Conservation Actions

It occurs within an area protected by the State Forest Department. There is a need for close monitoring of the population status of this species.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location.


S.D. Biju 2004. Raorchestes graminirupes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58909A11854378. .Downloaded on 13 December 2018


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