Globally endangered (EN) (Source: IUCN Red List)


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    • Ghatophryne ornata
    • Ansonia ornata
    • Bufo pulcher

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October 26, 2014 07:31 PM HST




A rare encounter

A rare and endangered species of toad endemic to the southern Western Ghats. There are two morphs of this species. The more common of the two is jet black with bright yellow spot on the upper side and red patch in the underside.

This particular specimen is even rarer than the brightly colored morph. I was fortunate enough to see this rare specimen and document it. This was shot in pitch dark with external flash!!

This is one of the poses I like from these tiny gems. The head raised high, with perfectly placed hands!! Just amazing.

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Description from Wikipedia

The Ornate Toad or Malabar Torrent Toad or Black Torrent Toad Ghatophryne ornata is a rare and endangered species of toad endemic to the Western Ghats.

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Conservation Summary

    Source: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. . Downloaded on 10 November 2011.