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Pseudophilautus auratus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA RHACOPHORIDAE

Scientific Name: Pseudophilautus auratus
Species Authority: (Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2005)
Synonym(s):
Philautus auratus Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2005

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in southwestern Sri Lanka.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the general region of the Sinharaja World Heritage site of south-western Sri Lanka, and has been recorded from 513-1,270m asl. There are records from Morningside Forest Reserve, the nearby Handapan Ella Plains and western Sinharaja near Kudawa (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very rare species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found only in closed-canopy rainforest and cloud forests and cardamom plantations within cloud forests, close to streams and marshy areas. Adult males are usually perched about 1m above ground, on understorey shrubs (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005). Breeding takes place by direct development, and it is not dependent upon water.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by habitat loss due to agricultural encroachment (especially for tea), human settlement and illegal logging. It is also at risk from agro-chemical pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site (the largest remnant of Sri Lanka's forests), and forest reserves bordering the eastern margin of the World Heritage Site. There is a need for continued population monitoring of this species.

Citation: Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda 2004. Pseudophilautus auratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 July 2014.
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