Micrixalus thampii Pillai, 1981

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

Micrixalus thampii Pillai, 1981, Bull. Zool. Surv. India, 3: 153. Holotype: ZSI-SRS VA/778 according to Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 107. Type locality: "Silent Valley, South India, Alt. 900 metres".

English Names

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

Thampi's Torrent Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 49).

Thampi's Tropical Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 65).

Silent Valley Dancing Frog (Biju, Garg, Gururaja, Shouche, and Walujkar, 2014, Ceylon J. Sci., Biol. Sci., 43: 47). 

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


Silent Valley, north of the Palgat Gap in the Western Ghats of Kerala, South India.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


See brief account by Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 65. Closely related to Micrixalus thampii according to Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 140-141, who provided range, systematic comments, and partial taxonomic bibliography. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 68. Biju, Garg, Gururaja, Shouche, and Walujkar, 2014, Ceylon J. Sci., Biol. Sci., 43: 1-87, provided an account, placed the species phylogenetically, and placed it in their Micrixalus nudis group. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 78–79, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. 

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