Pseudophilautus stictomerus

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Pseudophilautus stictomerus
Pseudophilautus stictomerus (Günther 1876).jpg
Pseudophilautus stictomerus from Günther's original description
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Genus: Pseudophilautus
Species: P. stictomerus
Binomial name
Pseudophilautus stictomerus
(Günther, 1876)

Ixalus stictomerus Günther, "1875" 1876
Philautus stictomerus (Günther, 1876)

Pseudophilautus stictomerus (common name: orange-canthal shrub frog) is a species of frog in the family Rhacophoridae. It is endemic to Sri Lanka.[2] It was first described by Albert Günther (as Ixalus stictomerus) based on a single individual collected by Colonel Richard Henry Beddome from 'Ceylon'.[3]


Male Pseudophilautus stictomerus measure about 23 mm (0.91 in) in snout-vent length of and females 25–36 mm (0.98–1.42 in). They have an elongated body with an obtusely pointed snout. The dorsum is dark brown. There is a narrow yellow stripe on mid-dorsum from tip of snout to vent. There are also bright orange stripes running along the canthal edges, edges of upper eyelids, and supratympanic folds.[4]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Pseudophilautus stictomerus is a low-country wetzone species from south-western Sri Lanka. It is a habitat generalist found in both open (anthropogenic) and closed canopy habitats at elevations of 60–515 m (197–1,690 ft) above sea level. They are commonly found on shrubs some 1 metre above ground.[1][4] The species is potentially threatened by agro-chemical pollution and habitat loss and alteration.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Manamendra-Arachchi, K.; Pethiyagoda, R.; Dutta, S. & de Silva, A. (2004). "Pseudophilautus stictomerus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Pseudophilautus stictomerus (Günther, 1876)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Günther, A. C. L. G. (1876). "Third report on collections of Indian reptiles obtained by the British Museum". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1875: 567–577. 
  4. ^ a b Manamendra-Arachchi, Kelum; Rohan Pethiyagoda (2005). "The Sri Lankan shrub-frogs of the genus Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Ranidae: Rhacophorinae), with description of 27 new species" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 12: 163–303.