Raorchestes coonoorensis
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Species Description: Biju SD, Bossuyt F 2009 Systematics and phylogeny of Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Anura, Rhacophoridae) in the Western Ghats of India, with descriptions of 12 new species. Zool J Linn Soc 155:374-444.
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 Sims Park, a 0.12 km2 botanical garden, municipality of Coonoor, and Kothagiri, both in Tamil Nadu state, India, although it is thought that it could also occur in neighbouring areas (Biju and Bossuyt 2009; S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010). Its altitudinal range is 1,780 – 1,850 m asl (Biju and Bossuyt 2009).   

Habitat and Ecology

It is known from a plantation and neighbouring disturbed forest (S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010). Individuals were collected on leaves 1-1.5 m high, near an abandoned eucalyptus plantation next to Coonoor Sims Park (Biju and Bossuyt 2009). All specimens were collected during rain in the late evening (Biju and Bossuyt 2009). Like other congeners, this species breeds by direct development (S.D. Biju pers. comm. December 2010). Given that the species is locally abundant and that it occurs in disturbed environments, this seems to suggest that it is tolerant to a degree of habitat disturbance.


It is considered to be locally abundant (S.D. Biju pers.comm. December 2010).

Population Trend


Major Threats

The area where this species occurs is used extensively for large-scale eucalyptus plantations, and there is also a developing tourism industry in the region (S.D. Biju pers. comm. January 2011).

Conservation Actions

All the known subpopulations of this species are outside protected areas (S.D. Biju pers. comm. September 2010). More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status and natural history.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern given that, even though it has a relatively restricted distribution, it is locally abundant suggesting a large population size, it occurs in somewhat disturbed environments, suggesting a degree of tolerance to disturbances, and does not appear to be in decline in the Western Ghats of India.



IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2012. Raorchestes coonoorensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T186161A1810681. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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