Rana bwana

Subgenus: Lithobates
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.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ecuador, Peru


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the Pacific versant of the Huancabamba Depression, in tributaries of the Río Chira, in the departments of Piura and Tumbes, Peru, and the provinces of El Oro and Loja, Ecuador, at elevations of 300-700m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This species occurs in tropical forest, but has also been found in disturbed habitats. It occurs near fast-flowing rivers and reproduces in pools of water near rivers.


It is locally common in permanent waterbodies.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threat is ongoing habitat loss, mainly as a result of agricultural expansion and human settlement.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Reserva Ecológica Manglares Churute in Ecuador, and might also occur in Zona Reservada de Tumbes, Parque Nacional Cerros de Amotape, and Coto de Caza El Angolo in Peru.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)

Taxonomic Notes

This species is currently under taxonomic revision and the southern populations might be described as a new species.


Ariadne Angulo, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Lithobates bwana. In: IUCN 2014


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