This species is endemic to the Apennine Mountains and other hilly areas of Italy south of the Po Valley. It is generally found at elevations ranging between 30 and 1,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a mostly montane species associated with fast flowing streams that have a rocky substrate. It may also be found in small ponds or mountain peat bogs. It also occurs in some man-made habitats such as water troughs.
It is quite common.
The main threats to this species are the loss of stream habitats and aquatic pollution presumably through agriculture and urbanization, and also predation by introduced salmonid fishes.
It is listed on Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive, and on Appendix II of the Bern Convention and it is protected by national legislation. It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Franco Andreone, Claudia Corti, Roberto Sindaco, Antonio Romano 2009. Rana italica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T58624A11814765. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009.RLTS.T58624A11814765.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018