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Illegal capture and internal trade of wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in Sri Lanka
The illegal wildlife trade is considered one of the major threats to global biodiversity. Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) have been highly valued by various cultures for use in religious and
Chiropteran diversity in the peripheral areas of the Maduru-Oya National Park in Sri Lanka: insights for conservation and management
TLDR
Bat conservation in this region should take a landscape-scale conservation approach which includes Maduru-Oya National Park and other surrounding protected areas into a regional conservation network, and adoption of wildlife-friendly sustainable land management practices in the buffer zone is recommended.
Ecology and demography of the Critically Endangered Kandian torrent toad Adenomus kandianus: a long-lost endemic species of Sri Lanka
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It is recommended to incorporate the toad's habitat into the core of the reserve and thus limit the impacts of human activities, and re-delineation of the boundary of Pidurutalagala Conservation Forest is recommended.
Round-eared tube-nosed bat (Murina cyclotis) from Southwest Sri Lanka
Vesper bats (Family Vespertilionidae) are the most diverse bat family in Sri Lanka, represented by 12 species (Yapa & Ratnavira 2013, Yapa 2017, Edirisinghe et al. 2018, Kotagama & Goonatilake 2019).
Chocolate pipistrelle (Hypsugo affinis) from Hantana, Sri Lanka, after 87 years
The Chocolate pipistrelle, Hypsugo affinis, is a comparatively small vesper bat (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) distributed in India, central Nepal, southern China, northeast Myanmar and the central
Description of a new species of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Nilgala Savannah forest, Uva Province of Sri Lanka.
TLDR
The present discovery highlights the need for dedicated herpetofaunal explorations in Sri Lanka, especially the intermediate bioclimatic zone and associated cave systems and rock outcrops.
Distribution, habitat associations and conservation implications of Sri Lankan freshwater terrapins outside the protected area network
Terrapins are integral to many freshwater ecosystems, yet are imperilled at a global scale. In Sri Lanka, terrapins are understudied; thus, much of their natural history and distribution status
A new species of day gecko (Reptilia, Gekkonidae, Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887) from Sri Lanka with an updated ND2 gene phylogeny of Sri Lankan and Indian species
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The major threats for the new day gecko are habitat loss due to expansion of commercial-scale agriculture and illicit forest encroachments, and the species is categorised as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List Criteria.
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