Pseudophilautus rus
Kandyan shrub frog
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.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the vicinity of Kandy and Peredeniya, from 500-800m asl, in central Sri Lanka, although it might occur more widely (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).

Habitat and Ecology

It lives up to two metres above the ground on leaves in the understorey of moist evergreen forest; it also occurs in heavily degraded forest and even in rural gardens in the suburbs of Kandy. This species breeds by direct development.


It is very common in a variety of habitats.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is potentially at risk from agro-chemical pollution, and perhaps also very severe habitat clearance.

Conservation Actions

It is not known to occur in any protected areas.

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 2004. Pseudophilautus rus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58896A11846148. .Downloaded on 21 February 2019


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