This species is known only from a single locality close to Munnar, Kerala, along the Ghat road to Devikulam, in the southern Western Ghats of India, where it was collected at 1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is known only from a small area (less than 20km²) of secondary vegetation, adjoining the forest along the Ghat road. Specimens were found close to a tea plantation, but not inside the plantation. It breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species.
The major threat to this species is habitat clearance for tea and eucalyptus plantations, all the more concerning since there are no other areas of suitable habitat known in the surrounding region.
The range of the species is not within any protected area, and protection of the remaining habitat at the species' only known locality is an urgent priority.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
S.D. Biju 2004. Raorchestes munnarensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58914A11855634. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58914A11855634.en .Downloaded on 15 November 2018