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).


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. 


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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