Kempholey night frog

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Kempholey night frog
Nyctibatrachus kempholeyensis frog.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Nyctibatrachidae
Genus: Nyctibatrachus
Species: N. kempholeyensis
Binomial name
Nyctibatrachus kempholeyensis
(Rao, 1937)

Nannobatrachus kempholeyensis Rao, 1937

Nyctibatrachus kempholeyensis or the Kempholey night frog is a species of frog in the Nyctibatrachidae family.[2]

Geographical range[edit]

It is endemic to the Western Ghats, India, where it is found between Karnataka and Kerala.[2]


Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and rivers.[1]

Nyctibatrachus kempholeyensis tadpole in a lowland stream


This species was discovered by C. R. Narayan Rao and was thought to have been extinct after remaining unsighted for 74 years. Its rediscovery coincided with the discovery of Nyctibatrachus poocha and others of the genus Nyctibatrachus by herpetologist Sathyabhama Das Biju.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Biju, S.D.; Dutta, S. & Inger, R. (2004). "Nyctibatrachus kempholeyensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T58400A11773132. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58400A11773132.en. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Nyctibatrachus kempholeyensis (Rao, 1937)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ The Associated Press (2011-09-17). "Scientists Discover 12 New Frog Species In India". NPR. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  4. ^ "12 night frog varieties found in the Western Ghats - Times Of India". Times of India. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 

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