AmphibiaWeb - Minervarya kirtisinghei


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Minervarya kirtisinghei (Manamendra-Arachchi & Gabadage, 1996)
Mountain Paddy Field Frog
family: Dicroglossidae
subfamily: Dicroglossinae
genus: Minervarya
Minervarya kirtisinghei
© 2012 Dr. Peter Janzen (1 of 9)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Near Threatened (NT)
National Status Lower Risk
Regional Status None


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Size of male: 26-39 mm, female: 33-44 mm

Colour of dorsum is brown with dark brown or rounded patches, with or without a bright chstnut to pale yellow mid-vertebral band.Ventrally pale yellow. Throat. Breast and under side of thigh ans tibia with dark speckles in some specimens.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka

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Terra typica: Moray Estate, Rajamally, near Mousakelle, Sri Lanka. Endemic for Sri Lanka. A montane species, having been recorded between altitudes of 150-1580 m asl. In hills of western, central ans eastern Sri Lanka. Found in margins of shaded, shallow, slow-flowing streams in sympatry with Rana temporalis, Nannophrys ceylonensis and Lankanectes corrugatus. I found F. kirtisinghei in sympatry with F. limnocharis.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This frog is active during daytime and can be found in leaf litter near streams inside forest.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Habitat fragmentation

This species was formerly included in F. greenii sensu lato, and the former syntype series of F. greenii can include some specimens referable to F. kirtisinghei.


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.

Originally submitted by: peter Janzen (first posted 2005-05-17)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall (2005-09-06)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2005 Minervarya kirtisinghei: Mountain Paddy Field Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 17, 2024.

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