Friday, July 1, 2011

[Herpetology • 1997] Philautus sanctisilvaticus • Sacred Grove Bush Frog (Rhacophoridae) from Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, central India

Sacred Grove Bush Frog
Philautus sanctisilvaticus Das & Chanda, 1997

Familia: Rhacophoridae
Subfamilia: Rhacophorinae
Genus: Philautus
Species: Philautus sanctisilvaticus sp. nov.

Name: Sacred Grove Bush Frog Philautus sanctisilvaticus Das & Chanda, 1997
Type locality: "Kapildhara Falls, Amarkantak (23° 10´ N; 81° 70´ E), ca. 190 km SE Jabalpur City, Shahdol, Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh, central India."Holotype: ZSIC A1778.

Philautus sanctisilvaticus Das & Chanda, 1997
Philautus sanctipalustris Das & Chanda, 1997
Philautus (Philautus) sanctisilvaticus — Bossuyt & Dubois, 2001
*Philautus sanctipalustris is an incorrect subsequent spelling of Philautus sanctisilvaticus according to Bossuyt and Dubois (2001).

Sacred Grove Bush frog (Philautus sanctisilvaticus)

Found: Known only to occur in Kapildhara Falls, Amarkantak, Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh.
Threats: Habitat loss due to harvesting of wood for subsistence purposes, infrastructure development for tourism, and occurance of fires are the major threats to this species.

Das, I. and Chanda, S.K. 1997. Philautus sanctisilvaticus (Anura: Rhacophoridae), a new frog from the sacred groves of Amarkantak, central India. Hamadryad: 21-27.

Philautus sanctisilvaticus listed as Critically Endangered - CR :