This species is endemic to the lowland wet zone of south-western Sri Lanka, occurring from 60-515m asl. There are records from Kottawa, Kanneliya, Sinharaja and Kosmulla (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It is a habitat generalist, living both in closed-canopy rainforest, and in open, anthropogenic, habitats. It is typically found in shrubs about one metre above the ground, and presumably breeds by direct development.
This is a common species.
This species is potentially threatened by agro-chemical pollution, and also very severe habitat clearance for cultivation of tea, cardamom and other crops, leading to large-scale opening up of the vegetation.
It occurs in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve (World Heritage Site), Kanneliya Forest Reserve and Kottawa Forest Reserve.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened, because although the species is abundant within its small range, and might not be declining, its extent of occurrence ismuch than 5,000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda, Sushil Dutta, Anslem de Silva 2004. Pseudophilautus stictomerus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58920A11856505. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58920A11856505.en .Downloaded on 17 November 2018