Pseudophilautus eximius (Shreve, 1940)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Pseudophilautus > Species: Pseudophilautus eximius

Philautus eximius Shreve, 1940, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 53: 106. Holotype: MCZ 20879, by original designation. Type locality: "Queenwood Estate, Dimbulle, 5000 feet, Ceylon".

Philautus (Philautus) eximiusBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 52.

Pseudophilautus eximiusLi, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 519. Provisional change by implication.

English Names

None noted.


Known only from the type locality (Queenswood Estate, Dimbulla Valley), Sri Lanka.


Allied to Pseudophilautus variabilis (as Philautus) according to the original publication. See accounts by Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 165-168, and Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl., 12: 220 (who noted that this species is extinct). Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 77, provided relevant literature, range, and implied a close relationship to Pseudophilautus signatus (as Philautus). See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 139, who regarded the species as extinct. Regarded as extinct by Batuwita, Udugampala, De Silva, Diao, and Edirisinghe, 2019, J. Anim. Diversity, 1: 48, and Jayawardena, Senevirathne, Wijayathilaka, Ukuwela, Manamendra-Arachchi, and Meegaskumbura, 2017, Ceylon J. Sci., 46 (Special issue): 48. 

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