The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Pseudophilautus stellatus Kelaart, 1853

Kelaart's starry shrub frog

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Philautus stellatus Kelaart, 1853; Polypedates stellata Kelaart, 1853; Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) stellatus Kelaart, 1853

 

Conservation Status

Last record: 1853

Rediscovered in 2009

 

Distribution

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

The holotype is now sadly lost. However, (Wickramasinghe et al. 2013) designated a neotype to remedy this situation.

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Kelaart, Edward Frederick. (1853). Prodromus faunae zeylanicae; being contributions to the zoology of Ceylon. Printed for the author, Colombo.

 

Other references:

Jeremy Hance. (2013). mongabay.com (March 07, 2013). Starry frog rediscovered after thought extinct for 160 years (photos). Available at: https://news.mongabay.com/2013/0307-hance-starry-frog.html

Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Rohan Pethiyagoda, Sushil Dutta, Anslem de Silva (2004). Pseudophilautus stellatus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. (https://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 17 February 2013.

Wickramasinghe, L. J. Mendis et al. (2013). Lost and found: One of the world's most elusive amphibians, Pseudophilautus stellatus (Kelaart 1853) rediscovered. Zootaxa 3620(1): 112-128. [Abstract]

Wickramasinghe, L.J.M., D.R. Vidanapathirana, M.D.G. Rajeev, S.C. Ariyarathne, A.W.A. Chanaka, L.L.D. Priyantha, I.N. Bandara & N. Wickramasinghe. (2013). Eight new species of Pseudophilautus (Amphibia, Anura, Rhacophoridae) from Sripada World Heritage Site (Peak Wilderness), a local amphibian hotspot in Sri Lanka. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(4): 3789-3920.

Wickramasinghe, L. J. M., Vidanapathirana, D. R. & Wickramasinghe, N., (2012). Back from the dead: The world’s rarest toad Adenomus kandianus rediscovered in Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3347: 63-68.

 

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