Vandeleuria nilagirica — Overview

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IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)


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Range Description

This species is endemic to the northern Western Ghats, especially the Nilgiris (Musser and Carleton 2005) and the Coorg Western Ghats of Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri areas (S. Molur pers. comm.). It ranges from 900 to 2,100 m asl and is restricted in its extent of occurrence to less than 5,000 sq km. and its area of occupancy to less than 500 sq km. based on available undisturbed montane habitats. Specimens of Vandeleuria in central northern Coorg match the descriptions of V. nilagirica, while those in the south and southeast in the low lying areas are V. oleracea. Specimens from Raigad district of Maharashtra and foothills of the Nilgiris in Anaikatty near Coimbatore are V. oleracea (S. Molur pers. comm.).


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