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Pelophylax cretensis
family: Ranidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Greece

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is endemic to the island of Crete, Greece, where it is patchily distributed in the lowlands over a wide area generally below 100m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is associated with wetlands including slow-moving rivers and streams, lakes and marshes. Breeding and larval development presumably take place in these waterbodies.

Population

It does not appear to be particularly abundant, and is especially difficult to find in dry years.

Population Trend

Decreasing

Major Threats

The loss of aquatic habitats is the principal threat to this species. Extraction of stream water in the uplands for agricultural irrigation (for bananas) leaves many lowland reaches dry during the summer months. Additional habitat loss may be occurring through infrastructure and tourism development. It might be impacted by the introduction of Lithobates catesbeiana.

Conservation Actions

The species is listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention. Although it occurs in many protected areas, several are not well protected or managed for biodiversity conservation. Further research into the population status and distribution of this species is urgently needed.

Taxonomic Notes

The species status of Pelophylax cretensis is "confirmed" by short mtDNA sequences and a large number of private allozyme alleles not found in any other water frog (P. Beerli pers. comm.).

Citation

Peter Beerli, Thomas Uzzell, Petros Lymberakis 2009. Pelophylax cretensis. In: IUCN 2014

 

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