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Wickramasinghe L.J.M.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Vidanapathirana D.R.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Wickramasinghe N.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka
Zootaxa | Year: 2012

Adenomus kandianus Günther (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 only record of A. kandianus since the initial description in 1872 was by Ferguson in 1876, who mentions two specimens resembling Bufo kandianus in his collection, making A. kandianus the world's rarest toad. The species had not been reported since, and was considered extinct. Here we report on its rediscovery. copyright © 2012. Magnolia press.


Mendis Wickramasinghe L.J.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Vidanapathirana D.R.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Airyarathne S.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Rajeev G.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | And 4 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Pseudophilautus stellatus (Kelaart 1853) has been rediscovered from the Peak Wilderness, Central Hills of Sri Lanka. The species, till now known only from its lost holotype, was the first shrub frog described from Sri Lanka, and had not been reported since then. It was thought to have become extinct for nearly 157 years, being the amphibian species "lost" for the longest amount of time. Here we designate a neotype from the material collected at what we consider its type locality, having considered characters of the lost holotype and provide a complete description. We have conducted a molecular phy-logenetic analysis, on which basis the species is well differentiated from all other Pseudophilautus sequenced so far, and placed in a clade together with P. femoralis, P. frankenbergi, P. mooreorum, and P. poppiae. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Ranga Vidanapathirana D.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Gehan Rajeev M.D.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Wickramasinghe N.,Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka | Fernando S.S.,Center for Applied Biodiversity Research and Education | And 2 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

A new species of rock dwelling gecko belonging to the genus Cnemaspis is described from Sri Lanka based on a suite of morphological features. The species is the largest of its genus described from Sri Lanka so far (snout-vent length 52-54 mm) and is the second largest of the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka Biodiversity Hotspot. It may be diagnosed in details of both scalation (ventrals186-207; mid-subcaudals large; absence of precloacal pores; 15 femoral pores on each side; 22-23 and 23-25 subdigital lamellae on finger IV and on toe IV, respectively; smooth scales on tail dorsum) and colouration (five prominent trilobate shaped cream markings pointing towards head and extending from neck to vent).The species is found in a unique habitat in the Rammalakanda Forest, where it is threatened by deforestation Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press.

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