Raorchestes chotta
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 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 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 (S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010).

Population Trend


Major Threats

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 (S.D. Biju pers. comm. January 2011).

Conservation Actions

This species is not known to occur within any protected area, and the current habitat patches are not safeguarded (S.D. Biju pers. comm. January 2011). The implementation of conservation measures, such as habitat protection, should be a priority (S.D. Biju pers. comm December 2010). There is ongoing research into this species' distribution and population size (S.D. Biju pers. comm. January 2011).

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, population status and ecological requirements.


Taxonomic Notes


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2012. Raorchestes chotta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T186160A1810554. .Downloaded on 24 February 2019


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