Higher classification Microhyla
Scientific name Microhyla sholigari
|Similar Microhyla, Frog, Amphibians, Microhylidae, Microhyla laterite|
Microhyla sholigari bisle 2016
Microhyla sholigari is a species of microhylid frog endemic to the Western Ghats in southern India.
The frog was described from the Biligirirangan Hills in South India and is named after the Soliga tribal people living in the forests in and around these hills. The holotype is lodged with the Zoological Survey of India and was collected on the streambed of Bhargavi stream near Doddasampige (12° 27' N, 76° 11'E) at Biligirirangan Hills. Four paratypes were collected near the campus of Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra in the same hills. Its sister species is Microhyla laterite.
Habitat and conservation
This species is associated with riparian vegetation in moist evergreen tropical forest. It is a terrestrial species living in the leaf litter. It is threatened by habitat loss, at present mostly driven by urbanization but in the past by agricultural expansion and wood extraction.