Thursday, June 8, 2017

Black ruby barb (Pethia nigrofasciata)

English: Black ruby barb
Binomial: Pethia nigrofasciata
Sinhala: බුලත් හපයා/මනමාලයා

Black ruby barb is an endemic species of freshwater fishes found in lowland wet zone of the Southern and Western region of Sri Lanka. They live in clear and un polluted water streams. It is in the category of 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red list. But it is a popular species in the aquarium trade and necessary actions have to be taken to save the species in the natural habitats.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Knuckles Shrub Frog (Pseudophilautus fulvus)

English: Knuckles Shrub Frog
Binomial: Pseudophilautus fulvus
Sinhala: දුම්බර පඳුරු මැඩියා

Pseudophilautus fulvus is an endemic species of shrub frogs restricted to the Knuckles mountain region. It has been observed in closed canopy forests, anthropogenic habitats, secondary forests and cardamom plantations(Meegaskumbura and Manamendra-Arachchi 2005).
Above photographed ones were observed in the adjoining forest of Deanston Conservation Center in the knuckles region. The major threats for the species are habitat destruction and agro-chemical pollution. IUCN Red List status of the frog is ‘Endangered’

  • 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.
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm) 2015-4 -
  • Manamendra-Arachchi, K. & R. Pethiyagoda (2006): Sri Lankan amphibians [in Sinhala]. – WHT Publications, Colombo.