Rana miadis

Subgenus: Pantherana
family: Ranidae
Taxonomic Notes: This species is placed in Lithobates by some authors, following Frost et al., 2006. This has been a controversial decision, because such well-known species as Rana catesbeiana, with an enormous literature, are made more obscure to many. What is not controversial is that Lithobates is the sister taxon of Rana, so the argument is simply one of Linnean ranks. AmphibiaWeb recommends treating Lithobates as a subgenus of Rana, with species names to be written as Rana (Lithobates) catesbeiana, as an example. This option preserves the maximal amount of phylogenetic information and preserves a long-standing taxonomy.

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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Nicaragua

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to Little Corn Island (3km²) off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is an inhabitant of tropical moist lowland rainforest. Little Corn Island receives over 4,000mm of precipitation annually. It breeds in small permanent or temporary pools.


There is no information on the current population status of this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The Corn Islands (Islas del Maiz) are becoming a popular holiday destination; the growing tourism industry will probably lead to an increase in infrastructure development on the islands resulting in unfortunate habitat loss and degradation.

Conservation Actions

There are no protected areas on Little Corn Island. There is a need for regular survey work to closely monitor the poulation status of this species.


Gunther Köhler, Bruce Young 2004. Lithobates miadis. In: IUCN 2014


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