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Polypedates fastigo

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA RHACOPHORIDAE

Scientific Name: Polypedates fastigo
Species Authority: Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda, 2001

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) 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)
Justification:
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Sinharaja area of Sri Lanka.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from only a single locality in the Morningside Estate in south-western Sri Lanka, and was collected at an elevation of 1,060m asl (Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda 2001).
Countries:
Native:
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is arboreal known only from montane tropical moist forest. Adults are generally found up to two metres above the ground, on twigs and leaves in bushes close to stagnant pools. Breeding occurs in these pools.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to the species is habitat loss and degradation due to canopy removal and the clearance of undergrowth, expanding timber plantations, subsistence collection of wood, encroaching tea and cardamom plantations, and urbanization. It might also be impacted by the adverse effects of agro-chemical pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in Morningside Forest Reserve; however, while Morningside itself belongs to the Forest Department, it has not yet been assured a permanent conservation status.

Citation: Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Anslem de Silva 2004. Polypedates fastigo. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 September 2014.
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