This species is widespread throughout the Western Ghats of India. It has an altitudinal range of 200-1,500 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with riparian and forest edge habitats, in open and lightly degraded tropical moist semi-evergreen forest. There is little information on breeding biology or larval development.
It is a locally common species. There are no quantitative population data available.
General loss of riparian and forest edge habitat by localized agriculture (small scale farming) 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 from several protected areas. There are several ongoing field studies into the region's amphibian fauna. It is protected by national legislation.
Biju, S.D., Dutta, S. & Padhye, A. 2009. Zakerana rufescens. In: IUCN 2013