Size of male: 19-23 mm, female: 22-30 mm.
Snout sharply pointed. Dosally chestnut brown to pale brown, belly with dark brown pigments. This species has a bright colour variation: beige, mushroom, cucumber, lychee, spice and jasmine yellow (Karunaratne 2001). I found different colour variations in Sinharaja Forest.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka
Terra typica: Ceylon [Sri Lanka]
Endemic to Sri Lanka. Found in the wet zone up to 1375 m asl in leaf litter of shaded forests.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Pseudophilautus nasutus is a leaf litter dwelling frog by having a brilliant camouflage and is active during day time.
Relation to Humans
Found in home gardens near Kandy.
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Local pesticides, fertilizers, and pollutants
Long-distance pesticides, toxins, and pollutants
Similar to Pseudophilautus temporalis, but easily distinguished by the presence of a small calcar on its heel (absent in Pseudophilautus temporalis ). Kirtisinghei confused Pseudophilautus nasutus with Polypedates longinasus.
Dutta, S.K. and Manamendra-Arachchi, K. (1996). The Amphibian Fauna of Sri Lanka. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Karunaratne, S. (2001). ''Observation of Phliautus nasutus Gunther, 1886 (Amphibia:Rhacophoridae) inhabiting in Gannoruwa Forest, Knady, Sri Lanka.'' Lyriocephalus Special Issue, 4(1-2), 95-100.
Kirtisinghe, P. (1957). The Amphibia of Ceylon. Self-published, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Written by Peter Janzen (pjanzen AT gmx.de), dght
First submitted 2005-10-16
Edited by DL (2010-09-28)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2010 Pseudophilautus zorro <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6489> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 23, 2017.
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