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Philautus sanctisilvaticus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA RHACOPHORIDAE

Scientific Name: Philautus sanctisilvaticus
Species Authority: Das & Chanda, 1997
Common Name/s:
English Sacred Grove Bushfrog, Sacred Grove Bush Frog
Synonym/s:
Philautus sanctipalustris Das & Chanda, 1997
Taxonomic Notes: Philautus sanctipalustris is an incorrect subsequent spelling of Philautus sanctisilvaticus according to Bossuyt and Dubois (2001).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Indraneil Das, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, S.P. Vijayakumar
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2 and its Area Of Occupancy is less than 10km2, 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 only from the type locality: "Kapildhara Falls, Amarkantak (23° 10'N; 81° 70'E), ca. 190km southeast of Jabalpur City, Shahdol, Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh, central India."
Countries:
Native:
India
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Population [top]

Population: There are no details about the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is nocturnal, associated with old growth, tropical, moist, semi-evergreen and mesic forest, and does not occur outside forest. It presumably breeds by direct development, like other species in the genus.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is believed to be the loss of suitable habitat due to harvesting of wood for subsistence purposes, infrastructure development for tourism, and fires.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The type locality is a sacred grove, which is relatively small and does not guarantee protection. Improved protection and maintenance of the remaining habitat is needed, in addition to survey work to determine the species' current population status.
Citation: Indraneil Das, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, S.P. Vijayakumar 2004. Philautus sanctisilvaticus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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