This species is known with certainty only from the type series collected from Naduvattom, Tamil Nadu (not Kerala as stated in the type description) in the southern Western Ghats. It is a montane species found at elevations of around 2,200 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This little-known species of tropical moist forest is generally terrestrial in nature. It presumably breeds in water by larval development.
There is no information available on its population status.
This species is threatened by a continuing loss of habitat caused by the conversion of forest to agricultural use and for commercial timber plantations.
The species appears to have been recorded from the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, and it is protected by national legislation. Further systematic work and field studies are urgently required to determine the current taxonomic and population status of this species.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 100 km², all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
When the first assessment for this species was published (in 2004) it was under the generic name Fejervarya. In 2009, the species was transferred it to the genus Zakerana. Zakerana is now recognised as a junior synonym of Fejervarya (Dinesh et al. 2015), hence the species has been returned to the genus Fejervarya. This is not a reassessment of the status of this species; instead it is an updated version of the original assessment to reflect this taxonomic change.
This species is known only from the type series, and further taxonomic studies are required.
Biju, S.D., Dutta, S. & Ravichandran, M.S. 2016. Fejervarya murthii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58278A91234248. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T58278A91234248.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019