Uperodon montanus (Jerdon, 1853:533)

Mountain dot frog, Jerdon’s narrow-mouthed frog



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Hylaedactylus montanus Jerdon, 1854:533 (original combination); Ramanella montana (Jerdon, 1854:533)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1853

Rediscovered in 2002

IUCN RedList status: Near Threatened



Kerala, India


Biology & Ecology




The holotype has been lost.






Original scientific description:

Jerdon, T. C. (1853). Catalogue of reptiles inhabiting the Peninsula of India. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 22: 522-534.


Other references:

Biju, S.D. 2001. A synopsis to the frog fauna of the Western Ghats, India. Occasional Publication 1. ISCB: 1-24.

S.D. Biju, Gajanan Dasaramji Bhuddhe, Sushil Dutta, Vivek Ashok Gour-Broome, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, Chelmala Srinivasulu, S.P. Vijayakumar. (2004). Ramanella montana. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 17 February 2013.

Chanda, S.K. and Deuti, K. 1997. Endemic Amphibians of India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India: 63-79.

Daniel, J.C. and Shull, E.M. 1963. A list of the Reptiles and Amphibians of Surat Dang, Gujarat. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society: 737-743.

Dutta, S.K. 1997. Amphibians of India and Sri Lanka. Odyssey Publishing House, Bhubaneswar.

Hegde, A., Kadadevaru, G. and Dinesh, K. P. (2023). Tadpole morphology of Jerdon’s Narrow-mouthed Frog Uperodon montanus (Jerdon, 1853) with a range and elevaton extension report from Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 15(2): 22623-22631.

Kadadevaru, G. G., Kanamadi, R. D., and Schneider, H. (1998). Mating call of the burrowing frog, Ramanella montana (Jerdon 1859). Journal of Advanced Zoology 19: 91-93.

Krishna, S. N., Krishna, S. B. and Vijayalaxmi, K. K. (2004). Breeding ecology of a rare microhylid, Ramanella montana, in the forests of Western Ghats, India. Current Science 87(1): 80-82.

Padhye, A. D. and Ghate, H. V. 2002. An overview of amphibian fauna of Maharashtra State. ZOO's Print Journal: 735-740.

Pratihar, Suman et al. (2014). Diversity and Conservation of Amphibians in South and Southeast Asia. Sauria 36(1): 9-59.

Vasudevan, K., Kumar, A. and Chellam, R. 2001. Structure and composition of rainforest floor amphibian communities in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. Current Science: 406-412.


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