Friday, March 4, 2016

Kandyan Shrub Frog (Pseudophilautus rus)

English: Kandyan Shrub Frog
Binomial: Pseudophilautus rus
Sinhala: නුවර පඳුරු මැඩියා[Nuwara panduru madiya]

Pseudophilautus rus is an endemic species of frog found in wet zone of Sri Lanka. Lives many in wet zone forests and also close to human habitats. It was first described from Kandy district that caused the name 'Kandyan Shrub frog'. IUCN Red List status is 'Near Threatened'. Habitat loss and agrochemicals are considered to be the main treats for the existence of this species. 

References: 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 Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement 12, 163-303.
Sri Lankawe Ubhayajeeven - Rohan Pethiyagoda/Kelum Manamendra-arachchi.

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