Pseudophilautus poppiae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pseudophilautus poppiae
Species Authority: (Meegaskumbura & Manamendra-Arachchi, 2005)
Philautus poppiae Meegaskumbura & Manamendra-Arachchi, 2005

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Madhava Meegaskumbura, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is much less than 5,000km2, its Area of Occupancy is much less than 500km2, it is known from only two locations, and there is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its forest habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from only two localities in Sri Lanka: the type locality, Handapan Ella Plains (near Suriyakanda) at 1,270m asl; and Morningside Forest, near Rakwana at 1,060m asl, 10km from the type locality (Meegaskumbura and Manamendra-Arachchi 2005).
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: It occurs in relatively low abundance.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is an arboreal species found only in closed-canopy cloud forest of the Rakwana Mountains in sub-canopy forest and shrubs. It can also be found in areas with cardamom as the understorey. Males are usually seen calling from their perches on leaves around 1-3m above the ground. They are dependent on environments with high relative humidity for reproduction, and are seen in higher densities in marshy habitats. It is presumed to be a direct developer like other species of the genus. Its dependence on high humidity makes it particularly vulnerable to any modification of the habitat resulting in the opening up of the forest canopy.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is the clearance of the species' forest habitat due to smallholder farming activities and logging; drought, and the use of agrochemicals in cardamom cultivation, are additional threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Neither Morningside Forest nor Handapan Ella Plains is legally protected, although since 1989 they have enjoyed "administrative protection" as a result of government policy. However, more formal protection of these sites is an urgent priority. Periodic monitoring of this species is recommended.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 04 May 2006.

Meegaskumbura, M. and Manamendra-Arachchi, K. 2005. Description of eight new species of shrub-frogs (Ranidae: Rhacophorinae: Philautus) from Sri Lanka. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement: 305-338.

Citation: Madhava Meegaskumbura, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi 2006. Pseudophilautus poppiae. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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