Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris

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Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Nyctibatrachidae
Genus: Nyctibatrachus
Species: N. sanctipalustris
Binomial name
Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris
Rao, 1920

Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris (Coorg night frog or sacred swamp wrinkled frog) is a species of frog in the Nyctibatrachidae family from India. The specific name, sanctipalustris, "holy swamp" in Latin, refers to the type locality, "the sacred swamps of the Cauvery (river)...Coorg, India".[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris is endemic to the Western Ghats, India. All known populations are within Karnataka state.[2] It is a semi-aquatic species that lives in marshes within moist tropical forests.[1]


This species was described by C. R. Narayan Rao in 1920, and was thought to have been extinct after remaining unsighted for 91 years. Its rediscovery in 2011 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 sanctipalustris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris Rao, 1920". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  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.