This species is known only from the type locality, "Kempholey, Hassan District, Mysore State" (Rao 1937), in the central Western Ghats of India. The collection is believed to have taken place at an altitude between 200 and 300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
There is nothing known about its habitat or ecology, although it is presumably a water-breeding species, with larval development.
It is known only from the lost holotype, so its population status is not known.
The type locality is threatened by conversion to agricultural land (including tea plantations), and the development of regional infrastructure (such as roads).
Field surveys are urgently required to collect a neotype.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity, and absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
The holotype of this species is lost, and the designation of a neotype might be necessary if this proves to be a valid species.
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, S.P. Vijayakumar, Chelmala Srinivasulu, Gajanan Dasaramji Bhuddhe 2004. Duttaphrynus brevirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54593A11158157. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54593A11158157.en