This species is endemic to the Central Hill Country of Sri Lanka, and has been recorded from 810-1,830m asl. There are records from Moray, Agra Bopath and Dayagama (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in the open canopy of montane forest and anthropgenic habitats. It is a cryptic species; calling adult males are most often seen at night perched high on shrubs, 1.5-3m above the ground (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005). Breeding is by direct development, and is not dependent upon water. The female excavates a deep hole in the forest floor where the eggs are then deposited.
It is a rare species.
The major threat is habitat loss due to wood extraction, the expansion of tea cultivation, and human settlement; agro-chemical pollution represents an additional threat.
It is found in the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Central Hill Country of Sri Lanka.
Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda 2004. Pseudophilautus asankai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58817A11844490. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58817A11844490.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018