Micrixalus nudis Pillai, 1978

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Micrixalidae > Genus: Micrixalus > Species: Micrixalus nudis

Micrixalus nudis Pillai, 1978, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci., Ser. B, 87: 173. Holotype: ZSI-SRS VA/771 according to Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 107. Type locality: "forest brook, 8 km north of Forest Rest House, Chedleth, Kurichiat Reserve Forest, Wynad", Kerala, India.

English Names

Kerala Tropical Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

Naked Torrent Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 47).

Naked Dancing Frog (Biju, Garg, Gururaja, Shouche, and Walujkar, 2014, Ceylon J. Sci., Biol. Sci., 43: 44). 

Pillai's Tropical Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 58).

Kurichiat Torrent Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 7).


Western Ghats in the Indian state of Kerala, restricted to the north of Palghat Gap; specifically reported from Chethalayam Falls in Kurichiat and surrounding regions in Wayanad District.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


See brief accounts by Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1984, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 412, and Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 58-60. Aravind, 2003 "2002", Hamadryad, 27: 145-146, reported the species from Karnataka and discussed the distribution. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 214-215, provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 485. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 63. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Biju, Garg, Gururaja, Shouche, and Walujkar, 2014, Ceylon J. Sci., Biol. Sci., 43: 1-87, revised the species, and redelimited the range due to the naming of Micrixalus sali and other misidentications and included it in their Micrixalus nudis group. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 70–71, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India.  

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