This species is known only from the type locality, "Wattekole, Coorg [Mysore], S. India" (Rao 1937), in the Western Ghats of India. It was collected at an altitude of around 400 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is presumed that this is a moist tropical forest species that breeds in water by larval development.
It is known only from the lost holotype, so its population status is unknown.
Threats to this species are unknown.
It is protected by national legislation. Further research is required to resolve its taxonomic status.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
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.
The holotype of this species is lost, and its taxonomic validity is in question.
Biju, S.D., Ravichandran, M.S., Addoor, S.N.R. & Inger, R.F. 2016. Fejervarya sauriceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T58289A91239111. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T58289A91239111.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019