Upland Chorus Frog, Southeastern Chorus Frog
© 2011 Stephen Bennett (1 of 22)
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: United States
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pseudacris feriarum?
Pseudacris feriarum (Baird, 1854[b])
The four “subspecies” of the Pseudacris triseriata complex currently recognized by Conant and Collins (1998), including P. feriarum (southeastern chorus frogs), were initially characterized based on color pattern and morphological variation across their geographic distribution (Smith and Smith, 1952; Harper, 1955; Smith, 1956). Platz and Forester (1988) and Platz (1989) elevated the “subspecies” to specific status using morphometric data and advertisement call characters. However, recent phylogenetic analyses based on DNA sequence data indicate that the currently drawn range borders of subspecies in the triseriata complex do not reflect the distributions of true evolutionary lineages (Moriarty and Cannatella, in preparation). Because the identity and distributions of these anurans have not been resolved, we consider the members of this group together under a Pseudacris triseriata complex account.
2Michael J. Lannoo
Literature references for Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species, edited by Michael Lannoo, are here.
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