This species occurs on the island of Sicily (Italy) and on the Italian mainland, south of a line from Genoa to Rimini. It is also present on the Italian islands of Elba and Giglio. It is found at least up to 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with still and slow moving waters and is found in nearby terrestrial habitats. This species is usually found in mixed colonies with Pelophylax bergeri. It can occur in slightly modified habitats.
This is a locally abundant species that does not appear to be declining.
This species is threatened by the localized loss of suitable wetland habitat (presumably through drainage for agriculture and urbanization). It might also be threatened through predation by introduced fish. Pelophylax species have been widely translocated (they are eaten by people), and different species within the genus hybridize readily; consequently hybridization presents a threat to the genetic integrity of the species.
This species is listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention and is protected by national legislation in Italy. It occurs in a number of protected areas.
This form is a kleptospecies derived from Pelophylax bergeri and P. ridibundus or P. kl. esculentus.
Franco Andreone, Claudia Corti, Roberto Sindaco, Antonio Romano 2009. Pelophylax hispanicus. In: IUCN 2014