Pseudophilautus papillosus
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Species Description: Manamendra-Arachchi K & Pethiyagoda R 2005 The Sri Lankan shrub-frogs of the genus Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Ranidae:Rhacophorinae), with description of 27 new species. Raffles Bull Zool Suppl. 12:163-303.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
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 species is known only from the type locality at Morningside, in south-western Sri Lanka (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005). It was recorded at an elevation of 1,270 m asl. It is probably restricted to this area, which is comprised of a single large forest remnant embedded in a deforested matrix. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) and area of occupancy (AOO) are estimated to be 2 km

Habitat and Ecology

The type specimen was collected from a branch about two metres above ground in a cardamom plantation surrounded by forest. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent on water.


It is known only from the holotype and it is believed to be a very rare species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is threatened by habitat loss due to agricultural encroachment (especially for tea and cardamom cultivation), fires, illegal gemstone mining and logging, and human settlement (Surasinghe and Jayaratne 2006). It is also at risk from agrochemical pollution.

Conservation Actions


Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Pseudophilautus papillosus. In: IUCN 2014


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