Rana magnaocularis

Subgenus: Pantherana
family: Ranidae
Taxonomic Notes: This species was placed in the genus Lithobates by Frost et al. (2006). However, Yuan et al. (2016, Systematic Biology, doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw055) showed that this action created problems of paraphyly in other genera. Yuan et al. (2016) recognized subgenera within Rana for the major traditional species groups, with Lithobates used as the subgenus for the Rana palmipes group. AmphibiaWeb recommends the optional use of these subgenera to refer to these major species groups, with names written as Rana (Aquarana) catesbeiana, for example.

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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: Mexico



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from east-central Sonora along the Sierra Madre Occidental through western Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Nayarit to central Jalisco, Mexico. It occurs from close to sea level to 470m asl (Smith and Chiszar, 2003).

Habitat and Ecology

This species is predominantly aquatic, dwelling in temporary or permanent pools formed by rainfalls in shrublands and mesquite forests. It breeds in pools. It is a very poorly known species.


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

Population Trend


Major Threats

Severe droughts might affect this species, but this has not been studied.

Conservation Actions

The range of this species is not within any protected area. The creation of protected areas in Sonora or Sinaloa is recommended to protect this species.

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 to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.


Georgina Santos-Barrera, Oscar Flores-Villela 2010. Lithobates magnaocularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T58656A11821339. .Downloaded on 24 February 2019


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