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.).
It is largely threatened by the clearance of forested land for agricultural use, and subsistence wood collection by local people within Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
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
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.
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58382A11763947.en .Downloaded on 20 November 2018