This species is currently known only from Keri Village, Sattari Taluk, in North Goa district, Goa Province, India, at 32-42m asl (Bhatta et al., 2007). It probably occurs more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
Two of the three known specimens were collected from rotting vegetation at the base of saplings c. 5m from a small river in a mixed orchard of arecanut, banana, coconut, acacia and pepper (Bhatta et al., 2007). The soil where the specimens were collected was black and rich in mixed compost and rotten waste (Bhatta et al., 2007). The third specimen was collected from underneath piles of rotting coconut leaves c. 20m from a small rivulet (Bhatta et al., 2007). The soil was lateritic, mixed with clay (Bhatta et al., 2007). The species can clearly adapt to certain anthropogenic habitats, and its original natural habitat is unknown. It is assumed to be oviparous, like other members of its genus, with terrestrial eggs that develop directly, and to not be dependent on water bodies for breeding.
There is no information on its abundance. It is known from just three specimens (Bhatta et al., 2007).
No information is available on threats to this species.
It is not known from any protected areas. Although it can clearly tolerate disturbed habitats, its distribution and biology remain largely unknown and more survey work and research are needed, in particular to determine geographic range, habitat occupancy, population size and life history.
Gopalakrishna Bhatta, David Gower, Mark Wilkinson 2008. Gegeneophis goaensis. In: IUCN 2013