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.
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.
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.
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.
"An updated field guide on Sri Lanka’s extensive amphibian fauna is long overdue. [...] The last English language guide to Sri Lankan amphibians was published 26 years ago [...] Since then, the taxonomy of Sri Lankan amphibians has undergone major revisions. [...] The book starts with a general introduction to amphibians describing their ecology, reproductive traits, anatomy, and morphology. [...] After establishing the extensive amphibian diversity of Sri Lanka, the authors address the myriad threats that impact these species. The authors provide a comprehensive treatment of how globally recognized threats [...] uniquely affect Sri Lankan amphibians [...] A non-traditional, yet beneficial addition to this field guide is the section on amphibians in Sri Lankan archeology, history, and traditional medicine. [...] Of the many strengths, the guide particularly shines when distinguishing among cryptic species. The amphibian fauna of Sri Lanka includes many cryptic species, the identification of which can be intimidating and challenging for those first entering the field [...] In summary, the authors have done a fantastic job of creating a delightful and useful field guide that should be in the backpack of every Sri Lankan amphibian enthusiast and professional herpetologist who lives on or visits the island."
– Shanelle Wikramanayake, Herpetological Review 53(2), 2022