Ghatophryne ornata (Günther, 1876)

Malabar torrent toad, Black torrent toad, Ornate stream toad



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Ansonia ornata Günther, 1876; Bufo pulcher Boulenger, 1882


Conservation Status

Last record: 1890

Rediscovered in 1990

IUCN status: Endangered





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Günther, A. (1876). Third report on collection of Indian reptiles obtained by British Museum. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London [1876]: 567-577.


Other references:

Biju, S.D. 2001. A synopsis to the frog fauna of the Western Ghats, India. Occasional Publication 1. ISCB: 1-24.

S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, M.S. Ravichandran. 2004. Ghatophryne ornata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54478A11138528. Downloaded on 12 February 2017.

Chanda, S.K. and Deuti, K. 1997. Endemic Amphibians of India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India: 63-79.

Daniel, J.C. 1963. Field guide to the amphibians of Western India, Part 1. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society [1963]: 415-438.

Daniels, R.J.R. 1991. Occurrence of the Malabar torrent toad Ansonia ornata Günther in South Kanara, Karnataka. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society [1991]: 127-128.

Daniels, R.J.R. 1997. A field guide to the frogs and toads of Western Ghats, India. Cobra: 1-25.

Dutta, S.K. 1997. Amphibians of India and Sri Lanka. Odyssey Publishing House, Bhubaneswar.

Ravi Kumar, M.V. 2000. Occurrence of black torrent toad Ansonia ornata in Sugandhagiri Hills, Wayanad, Kerala. Cobra: 10-11.

Reddy, A.H.M., Gururaja, K.V., Ravichandran, M.S. and Krishnamurthy, S.V. 2003. Range extension of Ansonia ornata (Gunther, 1875) and Indirana brachytarsus (Gunther, 1875). Hamadryad: 358-359.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]


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