Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Rhacophoridae

Scientific Name: Polypedates insularis
Species Authority: Das, 1995

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Indraneil Das, Sushil Dutta, S.P. Vijayakumar, Ranjit Daniels
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence of less than 5,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Great Nicobar Island (of the southern portion of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), India, where it has been recorded from at least three separate localities at elevations up to 500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: Reports from 1994-1997 indicate that the species appears to be reasonably abundant on the island (R. Daniels pers. comm.), although there are no quantitative data to support this.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an arboreal species of tropical moist forest. Specimens have been collected in low shrubs and in puddles away from riparian vegetation. It is presumed to breed in temporary pools.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss due to intensive crop production and human settlement.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Galathea Biosphere Reserve on Great Nicobar Island. Survey work is needed to obtain a better understanding of the current population status of this species.

Citation: Indraneil Das, Sushil Dutta, S.P. Vijayakumar, Ranjit Daniels. 2004. Polypedates insularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58952A11861297. . Downloaded on 05 October 2015.
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