This species is known only from the type locality, Ponmudi (980 m asl) in the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala, India (Biju and Bossuyt 2009). Surveys within suitable neighbouring areas have not been able to find it elsewhere and since this species seems to only occur in a single geographical locality and thus threat-defined location, its extent of occurrence is presumed to be less than 100 km2 (S.D. Biju pers. comm. April 2011).
Habitat and Ecology
It is known from an abandoned tea plantation and nearby disturbed evergreen forest patches (Biju and Bossuyt 2009, S.D. Biju pers. comm. May 2011). Individuals have been found on tea plant leaves (average height of about 2 m above the ground), and on the ground, either on the surface of dead leaves or beneath leaves or logs (Inger et al. 1984 in Biju and Bossuyt 2009). Like other congeners, this species breeds by direct development (S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010).
It appears to be common at the type locality
The area where this species occurs is used extensively for tea and Acacia plantations but more information is needed to fully understand major threats to this species