This species is found in Mazandaran, Golestan and Gillan Provinces, Iran, at the southern edge of the Caspian Sea (Veith et al. 2003).
Habitat and Ecology
It presumably occurs in both densely wooded and open woodland areas. The breeding habitat is not well known, but it possibly breeds in forest ponds (Theodore Papenfuss and Göran Nilson pers. comm. September, 2008).
This appears to be a common to abundant species (Theodore Papenfuss and Göran Nilson pers. comm. September, 2008).
This species is threatened by habitat loss arising from urban sprawl along the Caspian coast and foothills, agricultural development (rice cultivation), and logging. Some populations might also be affected by extended periods of drought.
It is not known if this species is present in any protected areas, although there are several protected areas within the species range in which it may occur.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
We follow Veith et al. (2003), in considering Rana pseudodalmatina to be distinct from R. macrocnemis at the species level.
Mozafar Sharifi, Soheila Shafiei Bafti, Theodore Papenfuss, Steven Anderson & Göran Nilson 2009. Rana pseudodalmatina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61874A12557550. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009.RLTS.T61874A12557550.en