AmphibiaWeb - Pseudophilautus zorro


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Pseudophilautus zorro (Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2005)
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
genus: Pseudophilautus
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.
Pseudophilautus zorro
© 2006 Dr. Peter Janzen (1 of 17)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Vulnerable (VU)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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Size range of males: 19-23 mm; female: 22-30 mm. Snout sharply pointed. Dorsum chestnut brown to pale brown, belly with dark brown pigments. This species has bright colour variation: beige, mushroom, cucumber, lychee, spice and jasmine yellow (Karunaratne 2001). I found different colour variations in Sinharaja Forest.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka

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Terra typica: Ceylon [Sri Lanka] Endemic to Sri Lanka. Found in the wet zone up to 1375 m asl in leaf litter of shaded forests.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This is a leaf litter dwelling frog by having a brilliant camouflage and is active during day time.

Relation to Humans
Found in home gardens near Kandy.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat fragmentation
Local pesticides, fertilizers, and pollutants
Long-distance pesticides, toxins, and pollutants

Similar to Pseudophilautus temporalis, but easily distinguished by the presence of a small calcar on its heel (absent in Pseudophilautus temporalis ). Kirtisinghei confused Pseudophilautus nasutus with Polypedates longinasus.


Dutta, S.K. and Manamendra-Arachchi, K. (1996). The Amphibian Fauna of Sri Lanka. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Karunaratne, S. (2001). ''Observation of Phliautus nasutus Gunther, 1886 (Amphibia:Rhacophoridae) inhabiting in Gannoruwa Forest, Knady, Sri Lanka.'' Lyriocephalus Special Issue, 4(1-2), 95-100.

Kirtisinghe, P. (1957). The Amphibia of Ceylon. Self-published, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Originally submitted by: Peter Janzen (first posted 2005-10-16)
Edited by: DL, Michelle Koo (2020-04-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2020 Pseudophilautus zorro <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 23, 2024.

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