AmphibiaWeb - Rana sphenocephala
Rana sphenocephala
Southern Leopard Frog (R. s. sphenocephala), Florida Leopard Frog (R. s. utricularius)
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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Locality Broussard
County Lafayette
State Louisiana
Country USA
Date Recorded 2011-02-06
Call Type advertisement
Temperature (F/C) 51
Temperature Type Fahrenheit
Background Pseudacris crucifer
Notes This genus should be changed to Lithobates in the database, as well as the vast majority of North American "Water Frogs".
Recorded By James W. Beck
Copyright James W. Beck
Date Entered 2012-02-01

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