This species occurs in Southern Jalisco and Colima southeast along the Mexican Plateau in Michoacán, State of Mexico and Morelos southward to Guerrero and northern Oaxaca, Mexico. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits tropical seasonal forest at low elevations. It is highly associated with water systems such as streams, rivers and permanent and temporary ponds where it also breeds.
This is an abundant species throughout most of its range.
Disturbance and desiccation of the water systems as a consequence of the alteration of the forest coverage is a threat to this species.
The range of this species includes several protected areas. Protection of the original tropical forest is needed.
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 zweifeli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58754A11837598. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58754A11837598.en .Downloaded on 18 February 2019