Rana pustulosa

Subgenus: Zweifelia
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 occurs from southern Sinaloa and Durango, southward to Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima, in Mexico.

Habitat and Ecology

It is an inhabitant of rocky cascading streams in tropical dry forest, and maybe also coniferous forest at low to moderate elevations. It breeds in streams.


This is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

This species appears very resistant to human impacts on its habitat and other related activities.

Conservation Actions

The range of this species includes at least three protected areas. Protection of the original habitats will prevent the desiccation of streams inhabited by this frog. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

Smith and Ciszar (2003), consider the record of Lithobates pustulosus from 13km W Matáchic, Chihuahua, Mexico to actually refer to Lithobates chiricahuensis.


Georgina Santos-Barrera, Oscar Flores-Villela 2004. Lithobates pustulosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58703A11824250. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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