Rana pseudodalmatina

Subgenus: Rana
family: Ranidae
Species Description: Veith M Kosuch J Vences M 2003 Climatic oscillations triggered post-Messinian speciation of Western Palearctic brown frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Ranidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 26: 310-327.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Iran, Islamic Republic of


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is found in Mazandaran, Golestan and Gillan Provinces, Iran, at the southern edge of the Caspian Sea (Veith et al. 2003).

Habitat and Ecology

It presumably occurs in both densely wooded and open woodland areas. The breeding habitat is not well known, but it possibly breeds in forest ponds (Theodore Papenfuss and Göran Nilson pers. comm. September, 2008).


This appears to be a common to abundant species (Theodore Papenfuss and Göran Nilson pers. comm. September, 2008).

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Major Threats

This species is threatened by habitat loss arising from urban sprawl along the Caspian coast and foothills, agricultural development (rice cultivation), and logging. Some populations might also be affected by extended periods of drought.

Conservation Actions

It is not known if this species is present in any protected areas, although there are several protected areas within the species range in which it may occur.

Taxonomic Notes

We follow Veith et al. (2003), in considering Rana pseudodalmatina to be distinct from R. macrocnemis at the species level.


Mozafar Sharifi, Soheila Shafiei Bafti, Theodore Papenfuss, Steven Anderson & Göran Nilson 2009. Rana pseudodalmatina. In: IUCN 2014


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