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Observations of a new coloration in Philautus hoffmanni Meegaskumbura & Manamendra-Arachchi, 2005 (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae) from Dumbara Highlands

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AA Thasun Amarasinghe ,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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WAAD Gayan Pradeep,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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DMS Suranjan Karunarathna

IUCN – Sri Lanka Country office, No. 53, Horton place, Colombo 07, LK
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Abstract

Philautus hoffmanni is considered the sister species of P. asankai. According to published literature the dorsal color of P. hoffmanni is usually pale green with reddish brown, ash and brown spots. White coloration in these frogs has not been reported previously even P. asankai shows ashy white. This white coloration of P. hoffmanni highlights again the close relation of this species with P. asankai. This is the second known case of white body coloration in this genus. This coloration is related to nycthemeral cycle, the same specimen being whitish at day, and pale green or brown at night.

Key words: Philautus asankai; color change; nycthemeral cycle; Sri Lanka

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i2.2766

TAPROBANICA, October, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 02: pp. 123-125

How to Cite: Amarasinghe, A.T., Pradeep, W.G. & Karunarathna, D.S., (2011). Observations of a new coloration in Philautus hoffmanni Meegaskumbura & Manamendra-Arachchi, 2005 (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae) from Dumbara Highlands. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(2), pp.123–125. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i2.2766
Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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