This species is widely distributed in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Within Iran the species occurs at the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan it is known from south of the Hindu Kush in the southeastern part of the country, and along the Helmand River west of the Sistan basin (Leviton and Anderson 1970). The only report of this species from Sri Lanka is that by Kirtisinghe (1957) who collected three specimens from Mutwal, a coastal suburb north of Colombo, in 1932. Kirtisinghe (1957) additionally suggested that this species might have been inadvertently transported from India by means of sailing vessels. There is a small disjunct population in northern Oman at Wadi Jubaitha, 20km east of Mahdah (Theodore Papenfuss pers. comm., September 2008). Its altitudinal range is from sea level to 4,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
Found in a wide variety of habitats including; open plains, grasslands, scrubland, forest, suitable agricultural land and human habitations. Breeding occurs in permanent and seasonal pools, seasonal streams and slow-flowing streams. Adults hide under rocks and in crevices. It is a very adaptable species that may be found in houses.
It is a locally common species throughout its range.
There are no major threats to this adaptable species. Localized threats over much of its range include loss of habitat to infrastructure development; intensification of agriculture; pollution of wetlands and land by agrochemicals; traffic related mortality; and long-term drought.
The species is present in many protected areas. It perhaps occurs in three protected areas in Iran.
Matthias Stöck, Muhammad Sharif Khan, Theodore Papenfuss, Steven Anderson, Sergius Kuzmin, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Sushil Dutta, Annemarie Ohler, Saibal Sengupta, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva, Steven Anderson, Mozafar Sharifi 2009. Duttaphrynus stomaticus. In: IUCN 2014