Rana miadis

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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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: Nicaragua



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to Little Corn Island (3km²) off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is an inhabitant of tropical moist lowland rainforest. Little Corn Island receives over 4,000mm of precipitation annually. It breeds in small permanent or temporary pools.


There is no information on the current population status of this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The Corn Islands (Islas del Maiz) are becoming a popular holiday destination; the growing tourism industry will probably lead to an increase in infrastructure development on the islands resulting in unfortunate habitat loss and degradation.

Conservation Actions

There are no protected areas on Little Corn Island. There is a need for regular survey work to closely monitor the poulation status of this species.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location.


Gunther Köhler, Bruce Young 2004. Lithobates miadis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58664A11807150. .Downloaded on 20 February 2019


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