Rana macroglossa

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: Guatemala


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs only in the highlands of western and central Guatemala, from 1,500 up to at least 2,500m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in cloud forest, including degraded forest, and grassland. It breeds in streams and small temporary ponds.


It is an uncommon species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is ongoing degradation of its habitat due to agricultural encroachment, wood extraction, human settlement, and water pollution.

Conservation Actions

It is not found in any protected areas. The taxonomic validity of this species requires further investigation.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Guatemala.


Manuel Acevedo, Eric Smith 2004. Lithobates macroglossa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58653A11820835. .Downloaded on 24 January 2019


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