Rana juliani

Subgenus: Lithobates
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 None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Belize


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the Mayan Mountains in Belize from 100-600m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in lowland primary wet forest and open parkland pine forest and savannah, and is not found in disturbed habitats. It is associated with streams, in which it breeds.


It is common in suitable habitat.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threat to this species is habitat loss, although at present this is not serious.

Conservation Actions

Much of this species' range is afforded a degree of protection, and it is found in Columbia River Forest Reserve, the Reserva Natural Bladen, and the Reserva de la Biósfera Montañas Mayas Chiquibul.

Red List Status

Near Threatened (NT)


Listed as Near Threatened because although the species appears not to be in decline, its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.


Julian Lee, Paul Walker 2004. Lithobates juliani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58630A11816243. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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