This species is known from central Mexico, from eastern Michoacán eastward to the central State of Mexico and Morelos, north through Tlaxcala to eastern Hidalgo, and south to central Puebla and a small portion of western Veracruz, to the highlands of northwestern Oaxaca.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in oak, pine-oak and fir forests above 1,500m asl. It prefers marshy edges of ponds and lakes but primarily inhabits the edges of mountain streams. It breeds in large ponds and at the lake edge.
This is a very common species.
Deforestation, pollution and alteration of water reservoirs can directly affect the populations of this species.
This species' range overlaps several protected areas. Protection of the forests and water systems along its range protects the main habitat of 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 fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Oscar Flores-Villela 2004. Lithobates spectabilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58722A11831043. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58722A11831043.en .Downloaded on 13 December 2018