Micrixalus nudis
Naked Dancing Frog
family: Micrixalidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India


View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the southern Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in India. The range map shows the distribution of specimens currently assigned to M. nudis; however, there is a need for further clarification of the range of this species. It has been collected at 800m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a terrestrial species associated with hill streams (but not in the streams) in moist tropical forests. It may be found in lightly degraded forest. Breeding takes place in streams by larval development.


It is a common species at the type locality and in the surrounding area (S.D. Biju pers. comm.).

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is largely threatened by the clearance of forested land for agricultural use, and subsistence wood collection by local people within Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

Conservation Actions

It has been recorded from Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Silent Valley National Park in Kerala, and Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. It is included as part of ongoing field studies by Biju (1999 and onwards). It is protected by national legislation.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Taxonomic Notes

A number of specimens assigned to Micrixalus nudis are thought to be misidentifications. A detailed taxonomic study is required for further clarification (S.D. Biju pers. comm.).


S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Robert Inger 2004. Micrixalus nudis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58382A11763947. .Downloaded on 22 January 2019


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