Taruga eques


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Taruga eques
Species Authority: (Günther, 1858)
Polypedates eques Günther, 1858
Taxonomic Notes: This species has sometimes been placed in the genus Rhacophorus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva, Deepthi Wickramasinghe
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Central Hills of Sri Lanka.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the Central Hill Country of Sri Lanka at elevations of 1,200-2,135m asl.
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is arboreal and terrestrial; adults are found in the canopy and on tree trunks of montane tropical moist forest, and also in grasses at the edge of ponds. Larvae are found in both permanent and seasonal ponds in grasslands. It is not present in modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss due to the conversion of forest to cultivated land (tea and vegetables), commercial harvesting of timber (clear cutting), fire (in the Horton Plains), and the development of infrastructure for tourism. Agrochemical pollution, drought, and die-back of mature trees are additional threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Horton Plains National Park, Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve and the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.

Citation: Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva, Deepthi Wickramasinghe 2004. Taruga eques. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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