This species is endemic to the south-western lowlands of Sri Lanka, and is found from 60-660m asl. It has been recorded from Kottawa, Haycock, Gilimale and Induruwa (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in shaded places including rainforests and anthropogenic habitats, and is usually observed 0.3-2m above ground, perched on branches or leaves. Calling males are sometimes found concealed in dried, curled leaves, although in Gilimale males were always observed vocalizing while on leaves (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005). Breeding is by direct development.
It is common.
The major threat is habitat loss due to logging and the expansion of tea cultivation. It might be adversely affected by agricultural chemicals that are used heavily in its range.
It occurs in Gilimale Nature Reserve, Kanneliya Forest Reserve, Kottawa Forest Reserve and Haycock Hill Forest Reserve.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in southwestern Sri Lanka.
Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda 2004. Pseudophilautus folicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58844A11848788. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58844A11848788.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019