AmphibiaWeb - Rana forreri


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Rana forreri Boulenger, 1883
Forrer's Grass Frog
Subgenus: Pantherana
family: Ranidae
genus: Rana
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 Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
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View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.
View Bd and Bsal data (7 records).

Rana forreri is a moderately large frog with adults reaching 120 mm. This frog has smooth skin, a pointed snout, well-developed dorsolateral folds extending from the eye to the base of the hind limb, and dark brownish dorsal spots. The color can be dark green to tan. Hind limbs also have well-defined dark bands (Grismer 2002).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua


View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.
View Bd and Bsal data (7 records).
Rana forreri is distributed from southern Sonora to Jalisco, Mexico, and on down through Nicaragua and into northern Costa Rica. It lives in ponds (Grismer 2002).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
During the evening, individuals sit at the water's edge or along the shore up to 2 meters from the water. The mating call consists of a low soft growling trill lasting 1.5 to 2 seconds and producing the sound of w-a-a-a-a-a (Grismer 2002).


A Spanish-language species account can be found at the website of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).


Grismer, L. L. (2002). Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Originally submitted by: Peera Chantasirivisal (first posted 2005-10-11)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-11-02)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Rana forreri: Forrer's Grass Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Feb 29, 2024.

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