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Amphibia > Anura > Microhylidae > Microhylinae > Uperodon

Uperodon triangularis (Günther, 1875) – Malabar Balloon Frog

Taxonomic Notes:

This is also known as the Malabar Ramanella.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species is rare. It inhabits tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and some non-timber plantations of southern Western Ghats of India (commonly found in localities of Ponmudi Hills, Wayanad,and Silent Valley in Kerala, and Saklespur in Karnataka), at the heights of 300m - 950m asl.

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Vulnerable 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 20,000 sq km, with severely fragmented distribution. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to forest clearance for plantation and urbanization.


Biju, S.D., Dasaramji Buddhe, G., Dutta, S., Vasudevan, K., Srinivasulu, C. & Vijayakumar, S.P. 2016. Uperodon triangularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T57991A91632460. Accessed on 08 November 2020.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bhavanarayeni, R. 2023. Uperodon triangularis (Günther, 1875) – Malabar Balloon 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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