Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Rhacophoridae

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

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Near Threatened since the species depends on streams in well vegetated area, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 500 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in south-western and central Sri Lanka, and has been recorded from 80-1,060m asl (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in lowland rainforest up to three metres above the ground in vegetation, on wet rocks in cascades, leaves and tree trunks. It can also be found on wet rocks in streams in home gardens, among cardamom, in rubber plantations and along the edge of tea estates, providing that the area around the stream remains well vegetated. It is a species that breeds by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are the clearing of the forest and other vegetation around streams for cultivation of tea and other crops, the collection of wood, expanding human settlements and agro-chemical pollution. However, it is very common and adaptable, and so is not currently considered to be seriously threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in many protected areas including Hiniduma Forest Reserve, Sinharaja Forest Reserve (World Heritage Site), Labugama Forest Reserve, Kanneliya Forest Reserve, and Haycock Forest Reserve. There is an ongoing captive-breeding programme for this species.

Citation: Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda. 2004. Pseudophilautus sordidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58908A11854118. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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