Pseudophilautus kani
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Species Description: Biju SD, Bossuyt F 2009 Systematics and phylogeny of Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Anura, Rhacophoridae) in the Western Ghats of India, with descriptions of 12 new species. Zool J Linn Soc 155:374-444.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
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 widely distributed in southern Kerala state and it is also known to occur in Tamil Nadu state, India (Biju and Bossuyt 2009). It is known from several geographical localities including Aralam, Periyar, Kakkayam, Chathankod, Palode, Bonakkad, Neyar, Ponmudi and Parambikulam–Puliyarapadam (S.D. Biju pers. comm. September 2010), as well as from the foothills of Agasthyamala,in Kerala state, between 150 and 2,000 m asl, and from Mundanthurai (200 m asl) and Kiriparai (220 m asl), in Tamil Nadu state (Biju and Bossuyt 2009).

Habitat and Ecology

Individuals have been found within the vegetation of secondary forest patches from about 0.5 m above the ground and near a tribal settlement and in disturbed road side vegetation of secondary forests (Biju and Bossuyt 2009). Like other congeners, this species breeds by direct development (S.D. Biju pers.comm. December 2010).


It is considered to be one of the most common amphibian species in the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India (S.D. Biju pers. comm. September 2010). Besides being a widespread species in this area, it is also considered to be locally abundant where it occurs (S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010).

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is considered to be tolerant to human disturbance as it only occurs in highly disturbed habitats, where habitat loss is produced by logging and large-scale agricultural activities (S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010). 

Conservation Actions

This widespread species mostly occurs outside of formally protected areas, but inside some informally protected sanctuaries (S.D. Biju pers. comm. September 2010). It is usually found in disturbed roadside vegetation of secondary forests; thus, it is thought to be highly tolerant of human-induced disturbance (S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010).

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and tolerance of a degree of habitat modification in the Western Ghats of India.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2012. Pseudophilautus kani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T186164A1810971. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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