This species is widespread throughout the Western Ghats of India. It has an altitudinal range of 200-1,500 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with riparian and forest edge habitats, in open and lightly degraded tropical moist semi-evergreen forest. There is little information on breeding biology or larval development.
It is a locally common species. There are no quantitative population data available.
General loss of riparian and forest edge habitat by localized agriculture (small scale farming) is a major threat. Morphological abnormalities, presumably due to chemical contamination, have been found in some frogs inhabiting agroecosystems in the central Western Ghats (Gurushankara et al. 2007).
It has been recorded from several protected areas. There are several ongoing field studies into the region's amphibian fauna. It is protected by national legislation.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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. & Padhye, A. 2016. Fejervarya rufescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58288A91237431. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T58288A91237431.en .Downloaded on 13 November 2018