Rana neovolcanica

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 Near Threatened (NT)
Other International Status None
National Status Threatened (Amenazada in Mexico)
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mexico


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs on the southern edge of the Mexican Plateau in south-eastern Jalisco, northern Michoacán and southern Guanajuato. It is known from 1,500-2,500m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits pine-oak forests and mesquite grasslands, and requires the presence of lakes, pools or slow-flowing streams.


This species is relatively common.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main factors affecting populations of this frog are general habitat loss (arising from shifting agriculture and clear-cutting), and alteration and desiccation of waterways. There is also disturbance of some populations, caused by poachers of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).

Conservation Actions

The range of this species includes a few protected areas. It is listed as "threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.

Red List Status

Near Threatened (NT)


Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.


Georgina Santos-Barrera, Oscar Flores-Villela 2004. Lithobates neovolcanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58677A11808479. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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