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Lost and found: One of the world's most elusive amphibians, Pseudophilautus stellatus; (Kelaart 1853) rediscovered


Wickramasinghe, L J Mendis; Vidanapathirana, Dulan Ranga; Airyarathne, Sameera; Rajeev, Gehan; Chanaka, Amila; Pastorini, Jennifer; Chathuranga, Gayan; Wickramasinghe, Nethu (2013). Lost and found: One of the world's most elusive amphibians, Pseudophilautus stellatus; (Kelaart 1853) rediscovered. Zootaxa, 3620(1):112-128.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Anthropology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:10 Feb 2014 13:13
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 03:04
Publisher:Magnolia Press
ISSN:1175-5326
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3620.1.5

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