This species is known only from a single site, Nguti (Sukhalu), in Zunheboto District, Nagaland, northeastern India at 1,715m asl (Mathew and Sen, 2007). It presumably occurs more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
The only known specimen was collected from a torrential mountain stream strewn with rocks and boulders (Mathew and Sen, 2007) in undisturbed hilly forest (R. Mathew pers. comm.). The species probably also occurs in forest surrounding the stream, and it presumably breeds in streams.
There is no information on its abundance. It is known only from a single specimen, and efforts to locate additional specimens at the time of its discovery were not successful (Mathew and Sen, 2007).
There is no direct information on threats to this species. In Zunheboto district, many people consume frogs and tadpoles, but this is a small species and so it is probably not directly targeted (R. Mathew pers. comm.).
It is not known from any protected areas. Surveys are needed to determine this species' distribution, abundance, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
Rosamma Mathew 2008. Megophrys zunhebotoensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135879A4215177. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135879A4215177.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018