The Malabar tree toad is a small species of tree toad that lives in western Ghat forests . It was once considered an endangered species .
KERI: Recently, a group of wildlifers from Goa discovered the presence of the endemic Malabar tree toad in the Kalasa nallah, which borders the states of Goa and Karnataka.The Malabar tree toad is a small species of tree toad that lives in the western Ghat forests in wet tree hollows or leaf bases that have water.It was once considered an endangered species.Despite decades of campaigning and mapping, the Malabar tree toad is now known in many western Ghat areas.Gajanan Shetye, a wildlifer from Keri-Sattari, and Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade members recently led a night hike in the Kalasa nallah basin of Karnataka, within the evergreen patches of the forest, which is adjacent to Goa's Mhadei wildlife sanctuary.The Malabar tree toad was spotted on the spot.Gururaja K V, a scientist, has started a campaign encouraging people to take pictures of the Malabar tree toads, identify them, and then upload them to record their presence.This study has provided insight into the status of this endemic toad in the Western Ghats. The eggs hatch in tree hallows, and it is thought to be the first toad to dwell on the high canopies.The scientific community has limited knowledge about its behavior.They are the first indicators of change in the ecology among the species of toads, according to Shetye.Sattari, Vithoba Gawade of Caranzol, told a reporter that the location where this toad was seen is in the proposed site of Karnataka's Kalasa nallah damming and diversion scheme. The Malabar tree toad (Pedostibes tuberculosus) is a vital component of the food web, keeping the insect population at bay and shielding crops from pest attacks.According to Chandrakant Avakhale, a wildlife enthusiast, survival of the toad is crucial to the environment.