This species is endemic to the northern Knuckles Range in central Sri Lanka, and has been recorded from 450-1,220m asl (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It is found mainly in closed-canopy habitats that include natural forest, anthropogenic habitats, secondary forests, and cardamom plantations. Adults have been observed at night perched 2-4m above ground on branches, tree trunks, and moss-covered rocks (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005). It is a direct developer, and is not dependent on water.
It is a common species.
The major threats are habitat destruction (including the extraction of wood for subsistence use, and infrastructure development for human settlement) and agro-chemical pollution.
It is found in the Knuckles Forest Reserve.
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, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in central Sri Lanka.
Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda 2004. Pseudophilautus fulvus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58845A11848921. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58845A11848921.en .Downloaded on 12 December 2018