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Scale‐dependent relationships between tree species richness and ecosystem function in forests
This work focuses on forests, which represent a majority of global biomass, productivity and biodiversity, and investigates the relationship between species richness and ecosystem function as measured by productivity or biomass.
Local Endemism Within the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka Biodiversity Hotspot
It is shown, using molecular phylogenies of two invertebrate and four vertebrate groups, that biotic interchange between these areas has been much more limited than hitherto assumed.
Is Chytridiomycosis an Emerging Infectious Disease in Asia?
A widespread, opportunistic survey of over 3,000 amphibians for Bd throughout Asia and adjoining Papua New Guinea suggests that Bd is either newly emerging in Asia, endemic at low prevalence, or that some other ecological factor is preventing Bd from fully invading Asian amphibians.
A synopsis of the South Asian fishes referred to Puntius (Pisces: Cyprinidae)
An examination of external morphology, osteology, and analysis of 16S ribosomal RNA and cytochrome b gene fragments from 31 South Asian species hitherto referred to Puntius shows that these fishes represent at least five lineages recognisable as genera.
DNA barcoding, phylogeny and systematics of Golden-backed frogs (Hylarana, Ranidae) of the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot, with the description of seven new species
- S. Biju, Sonali Garg, Stephen Mahony, Nayana Wijayathilaka, G. Senevirathne, M. Meegaskumbura
The discovery of numerous morphologically cryptic Hylarana species in this region further emphasizes the benefits of utilizing an integrative taxonomic approach for uncovering hidden diversity and highlighting local endemism in the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot.
New species amongst Sri Lanka’s extinct shrub frogs (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae: Philautus)
- M. Meegaskumbura, K. Manamendra-Arachchi, C. Schneider, R. Pethiyagoda
- Biology, Environmental Science
- 25 January 2007
Sri Lanka’s amphibian extinctions have been detectable only because of the baseline offered by specimens collected in the period 1850–1940 and preserved in overseas natural-history museums thus offer outstanding value as baselines for contemporary biodiversity conservation assessments.
Description of eight new species of shrub frogs (Ranidae: Rhacophorinae: Philautus) from Sri Lanka
Six of the eight species are confined to high elevation cloud forest isolates on the three main mountain ranges of central Sri Lanka and are classified as Endangered under the IUCN Red List criteria.
Sri Lanka: an amphibian hot spot.
The discovery of an endemic radiation of >100 species of Old World tree frogs (Rhacophorinae) from South America is reported.
REPRODUCTION AND TERRRESTRIAL DIRECT DEVELOPMENT IN SRI LANKAN SHRUB FROGS (RANIDAE: RHACOPHORINAE: PHILAUTUS)
- M. Bahir, S. Lanka., M. Meegaskumbura, K. Manamendra-Arachchi, C. Schneider, R. Pethiyagoda
This is the first record of terrestrial egg burying in soil by the direct-developing anurans, a behaviour commonly employed by tetrapod reptiles.
A new species of Microhyla (Anura: Microhylidae) from Sri Lanka: an integrative taxonomic approach.
- Nayana Wijayathilaka, Sonali Garg, G. Senevirathne, N. Karunarathna, S. Biju, M. Meegaskumbura
- 15 January 2016
The population from Sri Lanka is recognized as a new species, Microhyla mihintalei sp.