Polypedates occidentalis
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Species Description: Das I, Dutta S 2006 New species of Polypedetes (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from the western Ghats, southwest India. J Herpetol 40:214-220.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
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 known only from the Charpa Forest Range, in Vazhachal Forest Division, Thrissur District, Kerala State, southwestern India (Das and Dutta, 2006). Its elevational range in unknown.

Habitat and Ecology

There is no direct information, though the species presumably occurs in forest and breeds by larval development in ponds. The collection of a metamorph at the end of July indicates that the species breeds during the Southwest Monsoons (Das and Dutta, 2006).


There is no information on its abundance. It is known only from three adult males and a metamorph collected in 1986 (Das and Dutta, 2006).

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no direct information on threats to the species, but it is likely to be impacted by deforestation and extraction of of minor forest products (I. Das pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Charpa Forest Range, in the Vazhachal Forest Division, but this probably does not provide much in the way of effective protection. Surveys are needed to determine its 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.


Indraneil Das 2008. Polypedates occidentalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135964A4221077. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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