A survey of the amphibian fauna of Kerala - distribution and status

M.I Andrews, Sanil George, Jaimon Joseph


A total of 70 species of amphibians belonging to 20 genera of seven families and two orders were recorded during a survey for amphibian fauna of Kerala from August 1999 to August 2002.  Forty-nine of these species recorded are endemic to Kerala or the Western Ghats.  Most districts in the state have rich amphibian fauna with Wayanad district having the highest number of species and Kozhikkode district the lowest number of species.  Altitudinal distribution showed that the highest number of species occured between 500-1000m and the lowest number in areas above 1500m.  Information on the habitats and status of amphibians in the state are also provided.

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