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Biolife, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2015
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17812/blj.2015.3326

Research Article

First report of Raorchestes sanctisilvaticus (Das and Chanda, 1997) sacred grove
bush frog from Chhattisgarh, India

Sushil Kumar Dutta

Department of Zoology, Govt PG College, Jagdalpur, Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India - 494001

*E-mail: dutta.sushil@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Sacred grove bush frog Raorchestes sanctisilvaticus (Das and Chanda, 1997) (formerly known as Philautus sanctisilvaticus) is
essentially a forest dependent specialist having preference for mainly mature forest. The type locality of the species is Kapildhara falls
(23010 N: 810 70 E) in Amarkantak of Anuppur district, Madhya Pradesh (Das and Chanda, 1997). Interestingly after discovery of the
species, since then it has not been reported by the subsequent workers from this region. This species is listed as critically endangered
due to very small area of occupancy (10km2) and also due to decline in the extent and quality of its habitat (Das et al., 2004). The
current sighting in Bastar district is remarkable because the present locality is c.f. 430 km from the earlier locale. With report of
occurrence of the species from Bastar Plateau, this study makes first record of the critically endangered sacred grove bush frog
Raorchestes sanctisilvaticus from Chhattisgarh, India.

Key words: Amphibia; Raorchestes sanctisilvaticus, Bastar Plateau, Chhattisgarh; KVNP, MFR; Critically Endangered

Published online 4 September, 2015
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How to Cite this Article:

Sushil Kumar Dutta (2015). First report of Raorchestes sanctisilvaticus (Das and Chanda, 1997) sacred grove bush frog from Chhattisgarh,
India. Biolife, 3(3), pp 735-738. doi:10.17812/blj.2015.3326

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