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Pseudophilautus maia
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
 
Species Description: Meegaskumbura M, Manamendra-Arachchi K, Schneider CJ, Pethiyagoda R. 2007 New species mongst Sri Lanka's extinct shrub frogs (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae: Philautus) Zootaxa 1397:1-15
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Extinct (EX)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Description
This species differs from all other Sri Lankan frogs in having a discernible tympanum, having an angle of the snout of about 100 degrees, having a distinct supratympanic fold, having sharp canthal ridges, lacking a ligual papilla, having supernumerary tubercles on fingers but not on toes, lacking a tarsal tubercle, having extensive toe webbing, and having a dark brown reticulation on the posterior surface of the thigh.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sri Lanka

 

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Collected at about 1400 m elevation in cloud forest.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Direct development, with ova attached to abdomen of female when collected.

Trends and Threats
Extinct.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing

Comments
This species is extinct. It has not been collecting since 1876 despire surveys of nearby forests.

References

Meegaskumbura, M., Manamendra-Arachchi, K., Schneider, C. J., and Pethiyagoda, R. (2007). ''New species amongst Sri Lanka's extinct shrub frogs (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae: Philautus).'' Zootaxa, 1397, 1-15.



Written by David B. Wake (wakelab AT berkeley.edu), Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
First submitted 2007-01-29

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2007 Pseudophilautus maia <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6884> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 20, 2017.



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