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Fejervarya brevipalmata
family: Dicroglossidae
subfamily: Dicroglossinae

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is thought to be endemic to the Western Ghats mountain range in India. Specimens referable to the type description have been located in Wayanad (Kerala). There is a need to confirm the identity of populations reported from outside Kerala (e.g., those from Maharashtra; Biju et al. in prep.). It has been recorded at altitudes between 400 and 1,250 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a grassland frog associated with waterlogged or marshy areas, and it has also been recorded from suitable wet patches of forest and lightly degraded former forest.

Population

This is a locally uncommon species.

Population Trend

Unknown

Major Threats

The main threat to this species is continuing habitat loss caused by the conversion of suitable areas to agricultural use (including plantations). Morphological abnormalities, presumably due to chemical contamination, have been found in some frogs inhabiting agro-ecosystems in the central Western Ghats (Gurushankara et al. 2007).

Conservation Actions

It is included as part of ongoing field studies by S.D. Biju (pers. comm.), and it is protected by national legislation.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was described based on a single "purchased specimen" from "Pegu", Myanmar (Peters 1871). Boulenger (1920) expressed doubts regarding its type locality. The population of Wayanad matches the type description, and presumably the type specimen is from the Western Ghats and not from Myanmar.

Citation

Biju, S.D. & Dutta, S. 2009. Zakerana brevipalmata. In: IUCN 2014

 

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