Post Tagged with: "Sri Lanka"

New snake identified on holy mount in Sri Lanka

New snake identified on holy mount in Sri Lanka

New Species, Reptiles November 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm

A New Species of Aspidura is described from Sri Pada Sanctuary (Peak Wilderness), Sri Lanka.  Sri Pada Sanctuary, or Adam’s Peak Wilderness, is a tropical rain forest that spreads over the Sri Pada Peak (Adam’s Peak.)  Adam’s Peak is one of the major ecotourism destinations in the hill country of Sri Lanka.  Its summit is revered by different religions, as a footprint there is believed to have been made by either Buddha, Adam, or St. Thomas.

Two new species of Wrasses

Two new species of Wrasses

Fish, New Species November 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

The new species are from the Indian Ocean, C. rubeus from Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and C. africanus the east African coast.  

A new day gecko found hiding in Sri Lanka

A new day gecko found hiding in Sri Lanka

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

The new species is recorded from Salgala Forest, Sri Lanka in an unprotected lowland rain forest.

A canopy-dwelling snake discovered in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

A canopy-dwelling snake discovered in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 7:54 am

The Sinharaja Tree Snake is a canopy-dweller known only from the Sinharaja World Heritage Site and its vicinity, in the lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka.  The species is rarely sighted, and may be rare. The first specimen collected was a road kill. The photographed individual was found in the canopy at around 15 m above ground level. The rarity of sightings may be due to a highly arboreal nature in the higher canopy of the lowland wet zone. Probable threats to this species are habitat loss and forest fragmentation through deforestation.

A new, toxic, Monsoon frog species endemic to Sri Lanka

A new, toxic, Monsoon frog species endemic to Sri Lanka

Amphibians, New Species January 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

The species name has a profound meaning: unison of two cultures and one of the the world’s first sanctuaries.  The Sri Lankan population of a species that was thought to be widespread between Indian and Sri Lanka now becomes an endemic species to Sri Lanka.  The Sri Lankan form which was earlier referred to as M. rubra becomes a new species: Microhyla mihintalei.