This species is present only in the Silent Valley and Wayanad areas of Kerala State in the southern Western Ghats of India (Biju 2001) where it has been recorded at elevations between 1,000 and 1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is restricted to tropical evergreen forest, and is associated with torrential streams and the forest floor. Breeding presumably takes place by larval development in streams.
It is a rare species, though populations are generally believed to be stable within the Silent Valley National Park.
There are currently no major threats to this species.
It is currently considered to be adequately protected within the Silent Valley National Park. Nonetheless, the population status of this species requires careful monitoring, given that it is known only from two locations.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only two locations.
This species might be a synonym of Ansonia ornata (S.D. Biju pers. comm.).
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, M.S. Ravichandran 2004. Ghatophryne rubigina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54481A11139184. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54481A11139184.en