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Pseudophilautus mittermeieri
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
 
Species Description: Meegaskumbura M & Manamendra-Arachchi K 2005 Description of eight new species of shrub frogs (Ranidae: Rhacophorinae: Philautus) from Sri Lanka. Raffles Bull Zool Suppl 12:305-338.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This lowland Sri Lankan endemic is only known from two localities: the type locality of Kottawa at 60m asl, and from Beraliya Forest, Elpitiya, at 150m asl, both in the south of the country (Meegaskumbura and Manamendra-Arachchi 2005).

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits the shrub understorey of closed-canopy lowland rainforest. It is not believed to be tolerant of habitat degradation. Males are seen calling at night in chorus from leaves up to 1m above the ground (Meegaskumbura and Manamendra-Arachchi 2005). It presumably breeds by direct development like other species of the genus.

Population

The current population status is not known.

Population Trend

decreasing

Major Threats

Some parts of its range are impacted by intensive land-use change, due to smallholder farming activities and logging. Drought is also a threat.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Kottawa Forest Reserve and the Beraliya Forest Reserve. Further survey work is needed to determine the population status of this species.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)

Rationale

Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, it is currently only known from two localities, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

Citation

Madhava Meegaskumbura, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi 2006. Pseudophilautus mittermeieri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61883A12561114. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2006.RLTS.T61883A12561114.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018

 

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