Journal article

Rediscovery of Pseudophilautus semiruber, a diminutive shrub frog (Rhacophoridae: Pseudophilautus) from Sri Lanka

Madhava Meegaskumbura, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Gayan Bowatte, Suyama Meegaskumbura

Zootaxa | MAGNOLIA PRESS | Published : 2012


Ixalus semiruber Annandale, a diminutive (12-mm snout-vent length) frog originally described from the highlands of Sri Lanka in 1913, has not been recorded in the succeeding century and is treated as Data Deficient for conservation purposes. Here we report its rediscovery in Agra-Bopath, a sub-montane forest reserve. Pseudophilautus semiruber is distinguished by a combination of the following characters: size 12.0-13.4 mm SVL; canthal edges rounded; tympanum distinct; vomerine ridge absent; supratympanic fold feebly defined; throat, chest, belly and underside of thigh smooth. It is a high-elevation (1,750 m a.s.l.) diurnal species that inhabits heavily-shaded leaf litter. © 2012 Magnolia Pre..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Christopher J. Schneider (Boston University) and James Hanken (Harvard University) for supporting this work. Financially this study was supported by National Science Foundation (Grant No: 0345885 to CJS and JH) and National Geographic Society (Grant No: 7612-04 to CJS). We also thank Mohomed Bahir and Sudath Nanayakkara for fieldwork and support at WHT's Agrapatana field station. We are grateful to the Forest Department of Sri Lanka for permission to work in their reserves; and the Department of Wildlife Conservation Sri Lanka for collection and export permits. MM is also grateful for the Ziff Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship through the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE), which facilitated part of this work. Don Church (Global Wildlife Conservation), James Lewis and Robin Moore (ASG/IUCN/SSC) are acknowledged for their support of this work.