This species is known only from the Charpa Forest Range, in Vazhachal Forest Division, Thrissur District, Kerala State, southwestern India (Das and Dutta, 2006). Its elevational range in unknown.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no direct information, though the species presumably occurs in forest and breeds by larval development in ponds. The collection of a metamorph at the end of July indicates that the species breeds during the Southwest Monsoons (Das and Dutta, 2006).
There is no information on its abundance. It is known only from three adult males and a metamorph collected in 1986 (Das and Dutta, 2006).
There is no direct information on threats to the species, but it is likely to be impacted by deforestation and extraction of of minor forest products (I. Das pers. comm.).
It occurs in the Charpa Forest Range, in the Vazhachal Forest Division, but this probably does not provide much in the way of effective protection. Surveys are needed to determine its distribution, abundance, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
Indraneil Das 2008. Polypedates occidentalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135964A4221077. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135964A4221077.en .Downloaded on 14 November 2018