This species is currently known with certainty only from the type locality of "Wattakole, Coorg" (Rao 1937) in India. A second site (Gumta, Karnataka) recently recorded by Padhye (pers. comm.), requires further confirmation and is not included in this assessment. Only the type locality has so far been used in attempts to map this species' distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
The habitat requirements of this species are not known, but it presumably breeds in temporary pools.
It is currently known with certainty only from the type specimen, which is recorded as lost by Dutta (1997), so there is no information regarding its population status.
Threats to this species are unknown.
It is protected by national legislation. A more detailed taxonomic study of the possible second specimen is required.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Robert Inger, Anand Padhye 2004. Sphaerotheca leucorhynchus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58757A11838015. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58757A11838015.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018