Patzcuaro frog

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Patzcuaro frog
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Lithobates
Species: L. dunni
Binomial name
Lithobates dunni
(Zweifel, 1957)

Rana dunni Zweifel, 1957

The Patzcuaro frog (Lithobates dunni) is a species of frog in the Ranidae family endemic to the Michoacán state, Mexico,[2] where it is locally known as rana de Pátzcuaro.[1] It occurs in Lake Pátzcuaro, Lake Cuitzeo, and the surrounding streams. It is an aquatic frog living in deep water with abundant nutrients. Reproduction takes place in the streams.

This species is considered delicious. Once common, over-exploitation has greatly reduced its abundance.[1]


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  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Lithobates dunni (Zweifel, 1957)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
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