This species is very rare. It inhabits montane grasslands and tropical evergreen forests of the southern Western Ghats of India (mainly Ooty and the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu), at heights ranging 1,700m - 2,000m asl.
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 a severely fragmented distribution. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to agriculture and urbanization.
Biju, S.D., Dasaramji Buddhe, G., Dutta, S., Vasudevan, K., Srinivasulu, C. & Vijayakumar, S.P. 2004. Raorchestes tinniens (errata version published in 2016). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58926A86247871. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58926A11857942.en. Accessed on 07 November 2020.
Cite this page along with its URL as: Bhavanarayeni, R. 2023. Raorchestes tinniens (Jerdon, 1853) – Nilgiri Bush Frog. Gosavi, N., A. Bayani, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (eds.). Amphibians of India, v. 1.05. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.indianamphibians.org/sp/438/Raorchestes-tinniens
Biodiversity Atlas - India is a species-based bioinformatics platform that is voluntarily supported by numerous organisations such as the National Centre for Biological Sciences,
Indian Foundation for Butterflies, Diversity India, and Titli Trust. The platform is designed for aggregating, displaying and analysing biodiversity data from tropical developing countries and other biodiversity hotspots such as India. It is a distributed platform of stand-alone, taxon-specific, natural history websites that give ownership and recognition to contributing naturalists. It is used extensively for research as well as educational and outreach activities by professional and citizen scientists. The 'BioAtlasIndia' website family currently has the following members: