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Back from the dead: The world’s rarest toad Adenomus kandianus rediscovered in Sri Lanka

Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka, 31/5, Alwis Town, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka
Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka, 31/5, Alwis Town, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka
Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka, 31/5, Alwis Town, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka
Amphibia Adenomus extinct amphibian rediscover Peak Wilderness Sri Lanka


Adenomus kandianus Günther (1872) was previously known only from two specimens both deposited in the British Museum,the holotype BMNH1947.2.20.63, and the syntype of A. kelaarti BMNH1947.2.20.62. The only record of A. kandianus sincethe initial description in 1872 was by Ferguson in 1876, who mentions two specimens resembling Bufo kandianus in hiscollection, making A. kandianus the world’s rarest toad. The species had not been reported since, and was considered extinct. Here we report on its rediscovery.


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