Minervarya greenii
Sri Lanka paddy field frog
family: Dicroglossidae
subfamily: Dicroglossinae

© 2005 Dr. Peter Janzen (1 of 2)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status Endangered
Regional Status None



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Size of male: 30-43 mm, female: 32-50 mm Colour of dorsum is green with dark spots and with a yellow mid-vertebral band. Belly whitish-yellow. Vocal sacs and throat speckled with grey.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka


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Terra typica: Punduloya, Central Ceylon [Sri Lanka] Endemic to Sri Lanka. A montane species, having been recorded at altitudes above 1700 m asl in the central hills. This frog can be found in margins of shallow, slow-flowing streams, and under grass tussocks in marshes and smal water holes.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This frog is active during daytime and can be found in leaf litter near streams inside forest. In the Horton Palins, alarge breeding aggregation of about 20-30 specimens was observed. I found F. greenii in open ponds in Hakgala Botanical Garden swimming and barking at the surface in daytime. Juveniles of SVL 13-19,6 mm were observed on 19 March 1994 and of SVL 19,4-22,6 mm on 10 August 1995 at the Horton Plains and at Ohiya.

Relation to Humans
I found F. greenii in Hakgala Botanical Garden.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Local pesticides, fertilizers, and pollutants
Long-distance pesticides, toxins, and pollutants

F. greenii belongs to th F.limnocharis group and is distinguished from F. limnocharis by its longer fingers and toes, less webbing between the toes, and uninterrupted longitudinal ridges on the dorsum. The tadpoles of F. greenii differ from those of F. limnocharis by having a dark pigmented tail fin.


De Silva, A., Molur, S., and Walker, S. (2000). CAMP Report for Amphibians and Reptiles of Sri Lanka. Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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 (pjanzen AT, dght
First submitted 2000-09-08
Edited by peter janzen (2008-02-03)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Minervarya greenii: Sri Lanka paddy field frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 21, 2020.

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