Sphaerotheca maskeyi
family: Dicroglossidae
subfamily: Dicroglossinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Nepal


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is endemic to the central and eastern Himalayan foothills of Nepal. Its distribution is still very poorly known, and it can be expected to occur more widely, including in India and Bhutan. It has been recorded at elevations of 100-500m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a fossorial species that breeds in pools and marshes. There is little information known about egg deposition or larval ecology.


It is generally considered to be rare, although this might be a reflection of the collection methods used for this cryptic species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Water pollution from agrochemicals is the only identified threat to this species.

Conservation Actions

The species is known from the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal. A recent field study was undertaken by Shrestha (2001).

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its probably wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

The systematics of this genus are problematic. Further work is required to resolve these issues.


Annemarie Ohler, Sushil Dutta, Tej Kumar Shrestha 2004. Sphaerotheca maskeyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58758A11838099. .Downloaded on 18 January 2019


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