Nyctibatrachus deccanensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nyctibatrachus deccanensis
Species Authority: Dubois, 1984

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable 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 Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the southern parts of the Western Ghats of India. It has an altitudinal range of 500-2,000m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a locally common species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in riparian habitats and streams of tropical moist evergreen forest; it is not present in degraded areas. There is little information on breeding, though it presumably takes place by larval development in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is the loss of habitat following conversion to both non-timber (tea) and timber plantations (pine and eucalyptus), and exploitation for timber and wood by local people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, all in Kerala, and from Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Indira Ghandi National Park, and Nilgiris State Forests all in Tamil Nadu, and from Kudremukh National Park and its surroundings in Karnataka. The species is included as part of ongoing studies by S.D. Biju. It is protected by national legislation.

Citation: S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, M.S. Ravichandran 2004. Nyctibatrachus deccanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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