Rana spectabilis

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 Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
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 is known from central Mexico, from eastern Michoacán eastward to the central State of Mexico and Morelos, north through Tlaxcala to eastern Hidalgo, and south to central Puebla and a small portion of western Veracruz, to the highlands of northwestern Oaxaca.

Habitat and Ecology

This species occurs in oak, pine-oak and fir forests above 1,500m asl. It prefers marshy edges of ponds and lakes but primarily inhabits the edges of mountain streams. It breeds in large ponds and at the lake edge.


This is a very common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Deforestation, pollution and alteration of water reservoirs can directly affect the populations of this species.

Conservation Actions

This species' range overlaps several protected areas. Protection of the forests and water systems along its range protects the main habitat of this species.

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.


Georgina Santos-Barrera, Oscar Flores-Villela 2004. Lithobates spectabilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58722A11831043. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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