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Polypedates cruciger

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA RHACOPHORIDAE

Scientific Name: Polypedates cruciger
Species Authority: Blyth, 1852

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva, Channa Bambaradeniya
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 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 is a widely distributed Sri Lankan endemic. Specimens previously attributed to this species from the Western Ghats of India have now been assigned to Polypedates pseudocruciger (Das and Ravichandran, 1998). It has been recorded at elevations of between 15 and 1,525m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a tree frog of the wet and dry zones of Sri Lanka. It is generally an arboreal species of secondary forest habitats (including degraded forest), but can also occur in banana groves, home gardens, houses and other buildings. It is not present in primary forest. Larvae may be found in semi-permanent pools, stock tanks, and in stagnant water, including man-made habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is mostly threatened by agrochemical pollution of land and water.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from many protected areas including the Udawattakele Sanctuary in Kandy, and Victoria-Randenigala-Rantambe Sanctuary and Singharaja World Heritage Reserve.

Citation: Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva, Channa Bambaradeniya 2004. Polypedates cruciger. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 September 2014.
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