I was invited to participate in a YZA Field trip to Sinharaja in 2014 as I was working on a wildlife protection related campaign. YZA office bearers and senior members conducted this field trip. Professional veteran naturalists and environmentalists Messrs Jagath Gunawardane, Uditha Hettige, Isuru De Zoysa, Pubudu Weerarathne, and Parami Vidyarathne were among the resource persons.
A NOTE by Michael Roberts: VISIT http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/284224/ for toher dimensions of Roshan’s ‘work’.
Hump-nosed Lizard / Hump Snout Lizard / Lyreshead Lizard / “Kandukara Bodilima “ – Lyriocephalus scutatusThe only species in the genus Lyriocephalus. It is the largest agamid endemic to Sri Lanka. lives in dense wet zone
Sri Lanka blue magpie / Ceylon magpie – Urocissa ornate….It is a member of the crow family and a species of a dense wet evergreen temperate rain forest. It is largely carnivorous, eating small frogs, lizards, insects and other invertebrates, but will eat fruit. Blue Magpie is classified as Vulnerable (VU)
Sharp-snouted shrub frog (Pseudophilautus cuspis) frog is active both day and night and during the daytime it can be found among leaf litter on the ground. Vocalizing males can be found on branches and leaves above the forest floor during the night. Frog growing up to 3cm. Endemic frog found only in wet zone rain forests of Sri Lanka. This frog is given the Latin name ‘Cuspis’ due to its sharp snout. Habitats are limited to few places especially in Sinharaja forest. Habitat loss is the major threat for this frog and the IUCN status is ‘Threatened’.
The Phasmatodea (or Phasmida), are known around the world as walking sticks, stick bugs, stick insects, and ghost insects. Their adaptation of natural camouflage make them exceptionally difficult to spot.There are over 3000 known species around the world, but are most abundantly found in tropical areas