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Activity budget and perch characteristics of Pseudophilautus popularis (Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2005) (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae) During the breeding season

Authors:

Salindra K Dayananda ,

University of Chinese Academy of Scienses,, CN
About Salindra
Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology,
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Deepthi D Wickramsinghe

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Zoology,
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Abstract

This study reports activity budget and perch characteristics of the Sri Lankan

endemic shrub frog Pseudophilautus popularis in a wetland-home garden

setting in an urban area. Thirty-two frogs were studied from 18:30–06:00h and

45% of the time they were found to be stationary without any activity. The

highest percentage of time was utilised for calling and courtship (52%).

This study reveals that the frogs occupy different heights during their nightly

activity period, starting from the ground level and gradually moving up among

the vegetation. They were reported to reach the maximum heights around

23:00h, remaining there for nearly two hours and then retreating downwards

towards the dawn. The results emphasize the importance of maintaining

diversity of vegetation especially in terms of stratification in ensuring habitat

quality to conserve this species.

How to Cite: Dayananda, S.K. & Wickramsinghe, D.D., (2014). Activity budget and perch characteristics of Pseudophilautus popularis (Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2005) (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae) During the breeding season. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 5(2). DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v5i2.7051
Published on 25 Jun 2014.
Peer Reviewed

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