Raorchestes charius 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Rhacophoridae

Scientific Name: Raorchestes charius
Species Authority: (Rao, 1937)
Philautus charius Rao, 1937
Pseudophilautus charius (Rao, 1937)
Taxonomic Notes: Specimens of Philautus charius recorded from Ponmudi Hills and surroundings and Wayanad are in the process of being published as the new species Philautus "Kalpatta" (S.D. Biju pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, S.P. Vijayakumar, Chelmala Srinivasulu
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Area of Occupancy is less than 500km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to Chikmalagur (where it is known from three localities), in Karnataka State, in the southern Western Ghats of India. The altitudinal range is between 800 and 1,200m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a rare species.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is arboreal, occurring in tropical moist evergreen forest, though it may also be found in secondary forest close to primary forest edge. It is believed to breed by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss due to the conversion of native forest to intensively cultivated areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species occurs in any protected areas, though it may occur in Kudremukh National Park. It is part of ongoing regional field studies by S.D. Biju.

Citation: S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, S.P. Vijayakumar, Chelmala Srinivasulu. 2004. Raorchestes charius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58830A11847382. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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