Microhyla karunaratnei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microhyla karunaratnei
Species Authority: Fernando and Siriwardhane, 1996

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from two sites in southern Sri Lanka: Morningside in eastern Sinharaja (06° 24'N; 80° 37'E), and Mahawalatenna in Balangoda (06° 35'N; 80° 45'E). The recorded elevation range is 515-1,110m asl.
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: It is an uncommon species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a terrestrial species associated with shaded, wet leaf-litter, in tropical moist forest. Larvae are found in inland wetlands, including old abandoned gem mining pits surrounded by tropical forest.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by habitat loss, due to the establishment of cardamom plantations, as well as by pollution resulting from agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from the Sinharaja World Heritage Site. Continued active management of this area is required, and further survey work is needed to monitor the population status of the species.

Citation: Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva 2004. Microhyla karunaratnei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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