Raorchestes travancoricus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Raorchestes travancoricus
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1891)
Ixalus travancoricus Boulenger, 1891
Philautus travancoricus (Boulenger, 1891)
Pseudophilautus travancoricus (Boulenger, 1891)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): S.D. Biju
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Extinct because it has not been recorded for over 100 years, and extensive searches over the last ten years have failed to locate this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type locality of "Bodanaikanur, Travancore, at the foot of the hills on the eastern side" in the Western Ghats of India. The altitudinal range is reported to be up to 400m asl.
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: It is known only from the holotype specimen, and was described in 1891. Extensive recent field surveys of the area, and surrounding suitable habitat, have not relocated this species, and it is now considered to be extinct.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is believed to have been an arboreal species of tropical moist evergreen forest. It is presumed to have been a direct developing species, like other species of the genus.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The extinction of the species was caused by deforestation through conversion of land to agricultural use and urban development.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has not been recorded from any protected area.

Bibliography [top]

Biju, S.D. 2001. A synopsis to the frog fauna of the Western Ghats, India. Occasional Publication 1. ISCB: 1-24.

Boulenger, G.A. 1891. On new or little known Indian and Malayan reptiles and batrachians. Annales and Magazine of Natural History: 288-292.

Dutta, S.K. 1997. Amphibians of India and Sri Lanka. Odyssey Publishing House, Bhubaneswar.

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 November 2004.

Citation: S.D. Biju 2004. Raorchestes travancoricus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 24 May 2015.
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