This species is known from 75-300 m altitude in the central Western Ghats of Goa and Karnataka States, southwest India, mainly in the Castle Rock-Dudhsagar tract (Kunte 2004).
Habitat and Ecology
This species is known from steep, rocky watercourses with abundant overhanging vegetation and a largely closed canopy, in evergreen and semi-evergreen forest in hilly areas (Kunte 2004). Although the species occurs in secondary forest, it does not appear tolerant of canopy thinning. Individuals were collected in the evening. Males were calling in late September and tadpoles were present, indicating that the species breeds during the southeast monsoon (June to November).
The species is common in suitable habitat within its range.
The natural extent of the forests of the Western Ghats has been devastated historically. This loss continues today, primarily due to conversion to cultivated lands, Eucalyptus plantations, and coffee and tea plantations.
This species is known from Dandeli and Bheemgadh Wildlife Sanctuaries, and might occur in others.
Krushnamegh Kunte 2006. Nyctibatrachus petraeus. In: IUCN 2014