Upper surface of body is yellowish or olive green, marbled with brown. Limbs with brown crossbars. Size of females 45-53 mm, males 33-43 mm.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka
Terra Typica: "Ceylon" . It is distributed in the hills of southern, western and central Sri Lanka from 60 to 1070 m asl. It can be found on rocks in cascades and in wet boulders in lowland and submontane forests. It can be difficult to spot as its coloration blends in on rocks with algae.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
While adults are found on rocks in cascades, its tadpoles are semi-terrestrial and occur in shallow sheets of water in seeps. They are well-adapted to rapid flowing creeks.
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Dutta, S.K. and Manamendra-Arachchi, K. (1996). The Amphibian Fauna of Sri Lanka. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Manamendra-Arachchi, K. (2000). ''Know your frog.'' Sri Lanka Nature, 2(5), 4-16.
Written by: Peter Janzen (2000-09-08)
Distribution by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2021-03-13)
Life history by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2021-03-13)
Edited by: Michelle S. Koo (2021-03-13)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2021 Nannophrys ceylonensis: Sri Lanka Rock Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/4825> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 11, 2021.
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