Kelaart`s Dwarf Toad
© 2005 Dr. Peter Janzen (1 of 13)
Distribution and Habitat
This species is endemic to Sri Lanka where it is found in the wet zone, specially in the remaining parts of the rainforests: Kanneliya, Sinharaja, Peak Wilderness, Kitulgala up to 1230m NN (Dutta and Manamendra 1996; Manamendra and Pethiyagoda 1998). Adenomus kelaartii lives in the leaf litter near near streams. Sometimes it can be found on sand banks at river sites. Females climb up tree to heights of 15 m (Dutta and Manamendra 1998); the author of this account found one in a tree hole two meters above the ground.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Dutta, S.K. and Manamendra-Arachchi, K. (1996). The Amphibian Fauna of Sri Lanka. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Haas, W., Lehr, E., and Köhler, G. (1997). ''The tadpole of Bufo kelaartii Günther 1859 from Sri Lanka.'' Lyriocephalus, 3(2), 2-6.
Manamendra-Arachchi, K., and Pethiyagoda, R. (1998). ''A synopsis of the Sri Lankan Bufonidae (Amphibia: Anura), with description of two new species.'' Journal of South Asian Natural History, 3(2), 213-248.
Written by Peter Janzen (pjanzen AT gmx.de), DGHT
First submitted 2005-04-25
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2005-04-27)
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