Pseudophilautus dilmah, a new species of shrub frog (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from a threatened habitat Loolkandura in Sri Lanka

Journal of Threatened Taxa. 2015;7(5):7089-7110 DOI 10.11609/jott.1966.7089-7110

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Threatened Taxa

ISSN: 0974-7893 (Print); 0974-7907 (Online)

Publisher: Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society

Society/Institution: Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society

LCC Subject Category: Science: Biology (General): Ecology | Science: Natural history (General): General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution

Country of publisher: India

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe (Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka, 31/5, Alwis Town, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka)
Imesh Nuwan Bandara (Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka, 31/5, Alwis Town, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka and Ellangàwa Unity Care for Community and Nature, Hapugoda, Ambathenna, Sri Lanka)
Dulan Ranga Vidanapathirana (Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka, 31/5, Alwis Town, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka)
Kamani H. Tennakoon (Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Sameera R. Samarakoon (Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Nethu Wickramasinghe (Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)

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Time From Submission to Publication: 24 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

<p>A new species of shrub frog <em>Pseudophilautus dilmah</em> is described from the Central Hills of Sri Lanka.  This unique species is distinguished from all the other congeners from a combination of characters; snout rounded in lateral aspect, bluntly pointed in dorsal and ventral aspect, canthus rostralis rounded, vomerine teeth, lingual papilla and nuptial pads absent, dermal fringe distinct on inside of fingers III and IV, small blunt tubercles on metacarpal and ulnar folds, toes basally webbed, interorbital area smooth, upper eyelid prominent tubercles present, anterior and posterior dorsum without horny spinules but tubercles present, upper part of flank weakly granular, supratympanic fold distinct, prominent small calcar present at the distal end of the tibia,<strong> </strong>throat granular, chest and belly coarsely granular.  Based on comparison of 16s rRNA gene we also show that the species is genetically distinct from other members of <em>Pseudophilautus </em>for which gene sequences are available. <em> </em>The high rate of deforestation and anthropogenic activities threaten this population in its natural habitat.</p><div> </div>