Specimens referred to this species have been recorded throughout the Western Ghats, India. Records from Gujarat require confirmation (S.D. Biju pers. comm.) and are not included as part of this assessment. This species has recently been reported from Arunachal Pradesh, India (Sarkar and Ray 2006), although given the huge geographic discontinuity these populations might pertain to another species.
Habitat and Ecology
Habitats include wet evergreen forest, moist deciduous forest and marshlands. It has been recorded from modified habitats including agricultural land and villages. Breeding takes place in temporary ponds. There is little information available on larval ecology.
It is a locally common species, although it is considered to be rare in Arunachal Pradesh (Sarkar and Ray 2006).
Habitat loss as a result of intensive agriculture and urbanization is a major threat. Morphological abnormalities, presumably due to chemical contamination, have been found in some frogs inhabiting agroecosystems in the central Western Ghats (Gurushankara et al. 2007).
It has been recorded in the following protected areas; Kudremukh National Park (Karnataka), Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyer Tiger Reserve and Agasthyamala Hills of the Neyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala), and Indira Gandhi National Park (Tamil Nadu). It is included in a number of ongoing field studies in the Western Ghats. It is protected by national legislation.
Several species might be currently confused under this name. Specimens collected in the northern part of its range have been found to belong to Fejervarya pierrei Dubois, 1975 (Biju 2001).
Biju, S.D., Dutta, S., & Ravichandran, M.S. 2009. Zakerana keralensis. In: IUCN 2013