Nyctibatrachus petraeus
family: Nyctibatrachidae
Species Description: Das I, Kunte K 2005 New species of Nyctibatrachus (Anura: Ranidae) from Castle Rock, Karnataka State, Southwest India. J. Herpetol. 39:465-470.

© 2017 Krushnamegh Kunte (1 of 6)
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: India


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from 75-300 m altitude in the central Western Ghats of Goa and Karnataka States, southwest India, mainly in the Castle Rock-Dudhsagar tract (Kunte 2004).

Habitat and Ecology

This species is known from steep, rocky watercourses with abundant overhanging vegetation and a largely closed canopy, in evergreen and semi-evergreen forest in hilly areas (Kunte 2004). Although the species occurs in secondary forest, it does not appear tolerant of canopy thinning. Individuals were collected in the evening. Males were calling in late September and tadpoles were present, indicating that the species breeds during the southeast monsoon (June to November).


The species is common in suitable habitat within its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The natural extent of the forests of the Western Ghats has been devastated historically. This loss continues today, primarily due to conversion to cultivated lands, Eucalyptus plantations, and coffee and tea plantations.

Conservation Actions

This species is known from Dandeli and Bheemgadh Wildlife Sanctuaries, and might occur in others.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern since it is a common species with a relatively wide range, and thus presumably a large population. It also occurs in several protected areas, is tolerant of closed-canopy secondary forest, and is not known to be declining.


Krushnamegh Kunte 2006. Nyctibatrachus petraeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61866A12568499. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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