This species is widespread in south-western and central Sri Lanka, and has been recorded from 80-1,060m asl (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland rainforest up to three metres above the ground in vegetation, on wet rocks in cascades, leaves and tree trunks. It can also be found on wet rocks in streams in home gardens, among cardamom, in rubber plantations and along the edge of tea estates, providing that the area around the stream remains well vegetated. It is a species that breeds by direct development.
It is a common species.
The major threats to this species are the clearing of the forest and other vegetation around streams for cultivation of tea and other crops, the collection of wood, expanding human settlements and agro-chemical pollution. However, it is very common and adaptable, and so is not currently considered to be seriously threatened.
It is found in many protected areas including Hiniduma Forest Reserve, Sinharaja Forest Reserve (World Heritage Site), Labugama Forest Reserve, Kanneliya Forest Reserve, and Haycock Forest Reserve. There is an ongoing captive-breeding programme for this species.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since the species depends on streams in well vegetated area, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 500 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda 2004. Pseudophilautus sordidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58908A11854118. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58908A11854118.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019