Zakerana murthii 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dicroglossidae

Scientific Name: Zakerana murthii
Species Authority: (Pillai, 1979)
Common Name(s):
English Ghats Wart Frog, Murthy's Frog
Fejervarya murthii (Pillai, 1979)
Rana murthii Pillai, 1979
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species is known only from the type series, and further taxonomic studies are required.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, M.S. Ravichandran
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: 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.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information available on its population status.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This little-known species of tropical moist forest is generally terrestrial in nature. It presumably breeds in water by larval development.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by a continuing loss of habitat caused by the conversion of forest to agricultural use and for commercial timber plantations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: 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.

Citation: S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, M.S. Ravichandran. 2004. Zakerana murthii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58278A11748594. . Downloaded on 25 May 2016.
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