Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sri Lanka Short-Horned Shrub frog (Pseudophilautus singu)

English: Sri Lanka Short-Horned Shrub frog
Binomial: Pseudophilautus singu 

Pseudophilautus singu is an endemic species of frogs found in the wet zone of Sri Lanka. This species was described scientifically in 2009 for the first time. Bearing horn like tubercles on the upper eyelids caused to have the species name “Singu” which has the Sinhala meaning “Horn”. In the research paper, they (PETHIYAGODA 2009) have observed this frog in Kithulgala and Kottawa rain forests. In addition to that I observed the same species in Kalugala rain forest, Baduraliya. Observed habitat of this frog was very wet and had a good forest cover. Also there were some small water streams close to the perched shrubs. It has been categorized as ‘Endangered’ In the IUCN Red Red List,

  • PETHIYAGODA, ROHAN. 2009. “Two New Species of Shrub Frogs (Rhacophoridae: Philautus) from the Lowlands of Sri Lanka.” Zootaxa 2122: 51–68. 
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm) 2015-4 -

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