Ramanella obscura


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ramanella obscura
Species Authority: (Günther, 1864)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened 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 Near Threatened since, although its Extent of Occurrence is much less than 5,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in a number of isolated populations in the low country wet zone and the central hills of Sri Lanka, including Sinharaja Forest, Knuckles Range, and Namunukula and Udwattakele. It has an altitudinal range of 460-1,220m asl.
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: It is a locally common species with a stable population.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is arboreal, terrestrial, and sub-fossorial, and mostly inhabits moist montane forest. Adults can be found in leaf-litter, under ground cover, in tree holes and crevices, and in water tanks. Larvae are found in stagnant waters. It can also be found in gardens, secondary forest and other lightly disturbed areas.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to this species is agrochemical pollution of land and water.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded in a number of protected areas: the Knuckles Range, Namunukula Forest Reserve, Sinharaja World Heritage Site, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and Udawattakele Reserve Forest.

Citation: Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva 2004. Ramanella obscura. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2014.
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