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Surendran HarikrishnanDivya MudappaT R Shankar Raman
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Herpetofaunal survey in rainforest remnants of the Western Ghats, India

We undertook amphibian and reptile surveys in six rainforest remnants of the Anamalai Hills in the WesternGhats, India. Over a two-month period, 36 species of herpetofauna were recorded from these remnants, including one species ofcaecilian, 19 frog species, 8 lizard species and 8 species of snake. Six species were either critically endangered or endangered.We also recorded one species of frog (Nyctibatrachus acanthodermis) outside of its type locality for the first time since itsoriginal description. The study demonstrated the presence of several threatened species of herpetofauna in these small forestremnants, the protection and restoration of which are important for the conservation of biodiversity in the Western Ghats.

The Herpetological Bulletin 146: 8-17.