This species is known with certainty only from the type series collected from Naduvattom, Tamil Nadu (not Kerala as stated in the type description) in the southern Western Ghats. It is a montane species found at elevations of around 2,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This little-known species of tropical moist forest is generally terrestrial in nature. It presumably breeds in water by larval development.
There is no information available on its population status.
This species is threatened by a continuing loss of habitat caused by the conversion of forest to agricultural use and for commercial timber plantations.
The species appears to have been recorded from the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, and it is protected by national legislation. Further systematic work and field studies are urgently required to determine the current taxonomic and population status of this species.
This species is known only from the type series, and further taxonomic studies are required.
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, M.S. Ravichandran 2004. Zakerana murthii. In: IUCN 2013