Raorchestes ponmudi (Biju and Bossuyt, 2005)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Raorchestes > Species: Raorchestes ponmudi

Philautus ponmudi Biju and Bossuyt, 2005, J. Herpetol., 39: 350. Holotype: BNHM 4257, by original designation. Type locality: "'upper sanatorium' Ponmudi (8° 45′ N, 77° 08′ E), altitude 1000 m, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, India".

Pseudophilautus ponmudiLi, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 519. Provisional arrangement and by implication.

Raorchestes ponmudiBiju, Shouche, Dubois, Dutta, and Bossuyt, 2010, Curr. Sci., Bangalore, 98: 1120, by implication.

English Names

Large Ponmudi Bush Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 107).

Ponmudi Canopy Bush Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 14).


Southern part of the Western Ghats in the districts of Wayanad, Idukki, and Thiruvananthapuram districts in Kerala, and Valparai District in Tamil Nadu, South India. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


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: 529. Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 374-444 [429-430], provided an account, distribution map, and discussed relationships. A brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 151. Mathew and Nameer, 2012, J. Threatened Taxa, 4: 3205–3214, reported the species from the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Palghat District, Kerala, South India, and provided some natural habitat information. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 202–203, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. Srinivas and Bhupathy, 2013, J. Threatened Taxa, 5: 4973–4978, reported the species from the Meghamalai area of western Tamil Nadu, India, in the Western Ghats. 

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