Pseudophilautus nanus (Günther, 1869)

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

Polypedates nanus Günther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 485. Syntypes: BMNH 1868.5.13.3 (4 specimens, now renumbered 1947.2.7.78–82 according to museum records) of which BMNH 1947.2.7 was designated lectotype by Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 22 and described on page 69–70. Type locality: "Southern Ceylon [= Sri Lanka]". Placed in synonymy of Ixalus macropus by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 81, and Rhacophorus microtympanum (sensu lato) by Kirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 63. Given priority over Ixalus macropus Günther by the first revisor action of Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 81.

Rhacophorus nanus — Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 80.

Philautus (Kirtixalus) nanusDubois, 1999, J. South Asian Nat. Hist., 4: 6.

Philautus nanusManamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl., 12: 188.

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

English Names

None noted.


Sri Lanka.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Sri Lanka

Endemic: Sri Lanka


See accounts by Kirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 63–68. See comment under Rhacophorus cavirostris. See comment under Philautus fergusonianus. Resurrected from the synonymy of Philautus microtympanum by Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 190, where it had been placed by Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 173. See account by Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl., 12: 188–194, who noted that this extinct species resembles Philautus temporalis, Philautus rus, and Philautus popularis, and known only from the original type series. 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: 140, 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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