Microhyla zeylanica Parker and Osman-Hill, 1949

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Microhyla > Species: Microhyla zeylanica

Microhyla zeylanica Parker and Osman-Hill, 1949 "1948", Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 12, 1: 760. Holotype: BMNH 1948.1.1.3, by original designation. Type locality: "In the 'Bopats' (Bopatalawa) and Horton Plains .... Bopatalawa, Central Province, alt. 6000 ft. Caught near pool in compound of the Irrigation Dept. bungalow. . .", Sri Lanka.

Microhyla (Microhyla) zeylanicaDubois, 1987, Alytes, 6: 3.

English Names

Sri Lanka Rice Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 91).

Sri Lanka Narrow-mouth Frog (de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 81).


Central hills of Sri Lanka, 1800–2200 m elevation.


See accounts by Kirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 90–92, and Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 42. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 62–63, provided access to relevant literature and noted misidentifications in the literature. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 454. de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 81, provided a brief account and color photograph. Wijayathilaka and Meegaskumbura, 2016, PLoS One, 11(7: e0159003): 1–11, discussed the advertisement call. In the Microhyla zeylanica species group of Garg, Suyesh, Das, Jiang, Wijayathilaka, Amarasinghe, Alhadi, Vineeth, Aravind, Senevirathne, Meegaskumbura, and Biju, 2018 "2019", Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 69: 1–71, who summarized the literature. Gorin, Solovyeva, Hasan, Okamiya, Karunarathna, Pawangkhanant, de Silva, Juthong, Milto, Nguyen, Suwannapoom, Haas, Bickford, Das, and Poyarkov, 2020, PeerJ, 8 (e9411): 1–47, placed this species in their Microhyla superciliaris group. 

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