This species is known with certainty only from the type locality of "Brumagherries (Brahmagiri Hills)" and adjoining areas of Coorg, Karnataka, in the southern Western Ghats. There are also unpublished reports of this species from Kudremukh National Park (Karnataka), Silent Valley National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) (Amphibian CAMP 2002). However, further survey work is needed to confirm that the species does occur at these sites (S.D. Biju pers comm.) and these additional areas are currently not included in the map for this species. It has been recorded at an altitude of around 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is presumably restricted to tropical evergreen forest. Its breeding is not known, but it presumably breeds by larval development in streams, like other members of its genus.
It is an uncommon species.
The main threat to this species is continuing deforestation (mainly for the cultivation of coffee) in the Coorg area and surroundings.
This species is currently not known with certainty from any protected areas, and strengthened and expanded protection of the remaining forest habitat in this region of the Western Ghats is necessary. It is included as part of ongoing field studies begun in 1998 (S.D. Biju pers. comm.) .
There are taxonomic difficulties with this species, and it is possible that Ansonia rubigina is a synonym of it (S.D. Biju pers. comm.).
S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, M.S. Ravichandran 2004. Ghatophryne ornata. In: IUCN 2014