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Eight new species of Pseudophilautus (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Sripada World Heritage Site (Peak Wilderness), a local amphibian hotspot in Sri Lanka
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Eight new species of Pseudophilautus were discovered as a result of a survey carried out to study the herpetofaunal diversity with the changes in elevation in the Sripada World Heritage Site (Peak Wilderness), Central Hills of Sri Lanka.
Pseudophilautus dilmah, a new species of shrub frog (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from a threatened habitat Loolkandura in Sri Lanka
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It is shown that the species is genetically distinct from other members of Pseudophilautus for which gene sequences are available and the high rate of deforestation and anthropogenic activities threaten this population in its natural habitat.
Lost and found: One of the world's most elusive amphibians, Pseudophilautus stellatus (Kelaart 1853) rediscovered.
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A molecular phylogenetic analysis is conducted, on which basis the species is well differentiated from all other Pseudophilautus sequenced so far, and placed in a clade together with P. frankenbergi, P. mooreorum, and P. poppiae.
Back from the dead: The world’s rarest toad Adenomus kandianus rediscovered in Sri Lanka
Adenomus kandianus Gunther (1872) was previously known only from two specimens both deposited in the British Museum,the holotype BMNH1947.2.20.63, and the syntype of A. kelaarti BMNH1947.2.20.62. The
Rediscovery of Pseudophilautus hypomelas (Günther, 1876) (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from the Peak Wilderness, Sri Lanka, a species thought to be extinct!
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Pseudophilautus hypomelas, previously known from the type collection of 14 specimens deposited in the Natural History Museum, London, is rediscovered from the Peak Wilderness, Central Hills of Sri Lanka, with a rediscription of the species from fresh collections.
Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., Sri Lanka's largest day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Rammalakanda Man and Biosphere Reserve in southern Sri Lanka.
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A new species of rock dwelling gecko belonging to the genus Cnemaspis is described from Sri Lanka based on a suite of morphological features and is the second largest of the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka Biodiversity Hotspot.
Taxonomic status of the arboreal Skink Lizard Dasia halianus (Haly & Nevill, 1887) in Sri Lanka and the redescription of Dasia subcaeruleum (Boulenger, 1891) from India
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A comparative study of Dasia halianus in India and Sri Lanka is discussed, finding that Indian specimens of “D. halianu” are in fact referable to D. subcaeruleum, a Sri Lankan endemic.
A new species of Aspidura Wagler, 1830 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Knuckles, World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka.
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The species represents the ninth species of the genus known from Sri Lanka, and is readily distinguished from all other congeners by its colour pattern, the scale nature in the ischiadic region, and morphometric characteristics specially from its ratio between the snout to eye distance to its eye width.
A new species of Rhinophis Hemprich, 1820 (Reptilia: Serpentes: Uropeltidae) from Rakwana massif, Sri Lanka
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A new species of Rhinoph is described, the tenth species of the genus known from Sri Lanka, which is known only from the Rakwana massif, where it has been collected in shady areas, within loose soil.
A new species of Dryocalamus (Serpentes: Colubridae) endemic to the rainforests of southwestern Sri Lanka.
We describe a new species of Dryocalamus based on two specimens collected from the wet zone rainforests of southwestern Sri Lanka. Dryocalamus chithrasekarai sp. nov., is distinguished from congeners
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