The Kottigehar Bush Frog is only known from the type locality; Kottigehar, Kadur and from a recently discovered population at Bhadrea, India
The Kottigehar bush frog is adapted for life in forest streams, possessing large adhesive discs on the tips of their fingers and toes to grip wet rocks around streams and they also have powerful legs and webbed feet to negotiate currents. This species is part of the tropical frog family, Micrixalidae, which diverged from all other species of amphibian about 70 million years ago, around five million years before the extinction of the dinosaurs. This species is now under threat from habitat destruction mainly due to the agricultural expansion of cash crops such as coconut and cashew. It is unknown whether this species occurs in any protected areas. Further survey work is required to determine the current population status of this species. The investigation of the possibility and feasibility of implementing ex situ captive breeding programmes should also occur.
- Order: Anura
- Family: Micrixalidae
- Population: Possibly extinct
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 23mm
This species is only known from Kottigehar, Kadur, and from Bhadrea, in the Western Ghats of India, around 1,000 metres above sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a forest species, living around and breeding in streams. It is believed that the flowing water provides a high level of humidity that help maintains skin moisture for gas exchange and also streams provide a convenient method of escape from predators. Based on the ecology of other members of this genus, it is likely this species has aquatic larvae.