Project Knuckles 2005 phase II

Suraj Goonewardene

The Knuckles Mountain Range is home to 10 of the 15 Agamidae found in Sri Lanka. Five of the endemic species are thought to be under threat. The most well known of these is the Ceratophora tennentii (Endangered and restricted to the Knuckles). However, the lesser known Cophotis ceylanica and Calotes liocephalus are thought to be even more threatened, but due to data deficiency, they have not yet been designated. Whilst examining the general herpetofauna species diversity in the range, the objective of this investigation will be to collect information on these Agamidae: distribution, population status, threats and ecology.