Minervarya nilagirica
family: Dicroglossidae
subfamily: Dicroglossinae

© 2012 K.P. Dinesh (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
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 with certainty from only two populations, in Wayanad in Kerala and the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, in the southern Western Ghats of India. Reports of this species from Maharashtra require further confirmation and are not included as part of this assessment. It has been recorded from 800-1,600m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is associated with stagnant and running waters in disturbed forest and cultivated areas adjacent to forests, and is not found in cultivated areas away from the forest. Breeding takes place in both artificial and natural ponds. There is little information on its larval ecology.


It is a locally common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threats to this species are continuing habitat loss due to agriculture (involving crops, livestock farming, and plantations) and human settlement.

Conservation Actions

It is present in the Nilgiri Biosphere Protected Area, and is protected by national legislation. It is included as part of ongoing field studies from 1998 onwards (S.D. Biju pers. comm.).

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 kmĀ², all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Taxonomic Notes

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.


Biju, S.D., Dutta, S. & Inger, R.F. 2016. Fejervarya nilagirica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58282A91236128. .Downloaded on 17 January 2019


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