Rana lemosespinali

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.
Species Description: Smith, H.M. and Chiszar, D. 2003. Distributional and variational data on the frogs of the genusRanain Chihuahua, Mexico, including a new species.Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society: 59-65.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
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 only from two localities at 1,900m and 2,313m asl in the Sierra Madre Oriental in the south-west of Chihuahua State, northern Mexico.

Habitat and Ecology

It is found in pine-oak forests, and is presumed to breed by larval development.


There is no information available on the population status of this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The most significant threats to this species are probably logging, followed by deforestation for agriculture, and the intentional lighting of fires to improve cattle pastures.

Conservation Actions

This species is not known to occur in any protected areas.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.


Paulino Ponce-Campos 2006. Lithobates lemosespinali. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61872A12569106. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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