Sunday, August 23, 2015

Beddomea albizonata

Binomial Name: Beddomea albizonata/Beddomea albizonatus

Beddomea albizonata is an endemic species of land snails found in lowland wet zone forests of Sri Lanka. Green colored shell is an adaptation for the arboreal life. This snail can be mostly found on wet surfaces of rocks and leaves where the humidity level is high. Above photographs were taken at Kalugala and Makandawa rain forests. I observed that they are active when the environment is wet and if the habitat is getting drier they moved into the shell and hibernated like in the last picture.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Champion's Diploprora (Diploprora championi)

Binomial: Diploprora championi
English: Champion's Diploprora

Diploprora championi is a species of wild orchid found in Asian countries. In Sri Lanka this plant can be seen on tree trunks of lowland wet zone.
Reference: An Annotated Checklist of the Orchids of Sri Lanka, Samantha Suranjan Fernando and Paul Ormerod

Friday, August 14, 2015

Medus Brown (Orsotriaena medus)

English: Medus Brown
Binomial: Orsotriaena medus

Medus Brown is a butterfly found in many Asian countries including Sri Lanka. Host plants of this butterfly belongs to Poaceae family. Above photograph was taken at Makandawa rainforest forest, Kithulgala.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sri Lanka scimitar babbler (Pomatorhinus melanurus melanurus)

English: Sri Lanka scimitar babbler
Binomial Name: Pomatorhinus melanurus melanurus
Sinhala: දෑකැති දෙමලිච්චා/දෑ-දෙමලිච්චා[Dekathi demalichcha/De demalichcha]

Sri Lanka scimitar babbler is an endemic bird found in Sri Lanka. It has been distributed in all zones of the country. This bird can be observed in mixed species feeding flocks of Sinharaja. Above photograph was taken at Sri Pada, Peak Wilderness sanctuary in April.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Green’s Gem (Libellago greeni)


English: Green’s Gem
Binomial: Libellago greeni

An endemic and common damselfly found in lowland and hill country of Sri Lanka. Male can be identified easily by bright orange colored abdomen. Above photographs were taken close to a rever at Gilimale forest reserve in April.
Reference: Dragonflies of Sri Lanka - Matjaž Bedjaniè, Karen Conniff, Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne