This species is known only from the type locality of the "Hills of Kempholey Ghats, Hassan, Mysore, S. India" (Rao 1937) in the southern Western Ghats of Karnataka State in India. It was collected at around 400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It was collected from under rocks close to waterfalls in tropical evergreen forest (Rao 1937). It presumably breeds by larval development in streams.
It is known only from the lost holotype, so there is no information regarding its population status.
The habitat used by this species is generally threatened by the conversion of native forest to cultivated areas and the subsistence harvesting of wood and timber.
This species is protected by national legislation.
The holotype of this species is lost, and the designation of a neotype is necessary if this proves to be a valid species.
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Robert Inger 2004. Nyctibatrachus kempholeyensis. In: IUCN 2013