|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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The tadpoles are large (115mm), dark and heavily mottled on the tail and fins. They have a muscular tail and low tail fins (Villa 1990).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
A Spanish-language species account can be found at the website of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).
Hillis, D. M. and De Sa, R. (1988). ''Phylogeny and taxonomy of the Rana palmipes Group (Salientia: Ranidae).'' Herpetological Monographs, (2), 1-26.
Villa, J. D. (1990). ''Rana warszewitschii (Schmidt).'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, 459.1-459.2.
Written by Amy Jess (amyj AT uclink4.berkeley.edu), University of California, Berkeley
First submitted 1999-06-02
Edited by M. J. Mahoney (2009-11-02)
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