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.
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.
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
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58909A11854378.en .Downloaded on 13 December 2018