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.
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).
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58677A11808479.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019