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Amphibia > Anura > Rhacophoridae > Raorchestes

Raorchestes signatus (Boulenger, 1882) – Star-eyed Bush Frog

Taxonomic Notes:

This is also known as the Cross-backed Bush frog.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
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Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This arboreal species is very rare. It inhabits tropical evergreen forests of the Nilgiris (in southern Western Ghats of India) at higher altitudes upto 2,000m asl.

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, and its current population size is unknown. Its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 sq km, with severely fragmented distribuion of individuals (IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group). The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to large scale agriculture.


S.D. Biju, Gajanan Dasaramji Bhuddhe, Bexel Ayyasamy Daniel, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan. 2004. Raorchestes signatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58903A11852815. Accessed on 07 November 2020.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bhavanarayeni, R. 2023. Raorchestes signatus (Boulenger, 1882) – Star-eyed Bush Frog. Gosavi, N., A. Bayani, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (eds.). Amphibians of India, v. 1.05. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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