Pseudophilautus viridis (Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2005)
Green Shrub Frog
|Species Description: Manamendra-Arachchi K and 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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Coloration in life: generally a light green to brown frog with a high degree of variation including pattern variations. Wijayathilaka et al 2023 shows several of these color and pattern variations in this species (see Figure 2). Some of the distinct patterns include having a a yellow or white medial line on dorsum or venter, or having yellow or black patches throughout its dorsum, or having light blue patches on flanks. Generally abdomen has white spots and sides are lighter colored.
The darkly patched or spotted coloration pattern is rare and initially was the basis of the species Pseudophilautus pardus (Meegaskumbura et al 2007). The spotted species had not been encountered after being described from a single specimen even after intensive surveys; this resulted in the species being listed as Extinct. However, Wijayathilaka et al (2023) found another spotted individual and included it in an analysis of Pseudophilautus pardus using mtDNA, morphology and geography to conclude that the spotted individual was Pseudophilautus viridis.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka
Meegaskumbura, M., Manamendra-Arachchi, K., Schneider, C. J., and Pethiyagoda, R. (2007). ''New species amongst Sri Lanka's extinct shrub frogs (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae: Philautus).'' Zootaxa, 1397, 1-15.
Wijayathilaka, N., U. Perera, K. Manamendra-Arachchi, G. Ellepola, H. Adhikari, S. Wijayasekara, L. J. M. Wickramasinghe, V. Prathap, and M. Meegaskumbura (2023). "Pseudophilautus pardus, a junior synonym of P. viridis (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae)." Zootaxa, 5224, 459–472 . [link]
Originally submitted by: Michelle S. Koo (2023-01-12)
Description by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2023-01-12)
Distribution by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2023-01-12)
Edited by: Michelle S. Koo (2023-01-12)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2023 Pseudophilautus viridis: Green Shrub Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/6487> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 7, 2023.
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