A Photographic Field Guide to the Amphibians of Sri Lanka is a complete guide to the 120 species of frog, toad, and caecilian found in Sri Lanka. Extinct species are also listed for completeness. With photographs from the authors, each species is illustrated with many variants. The general introduction includes details of the climate, geography, and vegetation of the island, key characteristics that can be used in the identification of amphibians, information on amphibian conservation in Sri Lanka, a brief introduction to folklore, and where to look for amphibians. The species descriptions include the common English name, the current scientific name, the vernacular name in Sinhala, a brief history of the species, a description with identification features, and details of habitat, habits, and distribution (in Sri Lanka and outside the country). Key external identification features, such as body form, skin texture, and colouration, are provided, to help in the identification of an animal in the field.
About the Author
Dilan Chathuranga (BSc, PhD) is a Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. He has authored many research papers on the amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects of Sri Lanka. Kanishka Ukuwela (BSc, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the Rajarata University, Sri Lanka. He has authored many research papers on the amphibians of Sri Lanka. He has received the President’s Award for Scientific Publications. Anslem de Silva (MSc, DSc, Hon. Cau.) has contributed to nearly 500 publications on the herpetology of Sri Lanka. He has received the President’s Award for Scientific Publications four times and is the recipient of the IUCN’s highest award for Conservation Merit, the Sir Peter Scott Award in 2019. He is the current Co-chairman of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Amphibian Specialist Group of Sri Lanka.