Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog

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Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Rana
Species: R. sierrae
Binomial name
Rana sierrae
Camp, 1917

The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog[2] or Sierra Nevada Mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) is a true frog endemic to the Sierra Nevada mountains (in California and Nevada). It was formerly considered Rana muscosa until a 2007 study elevated the more central and northern populations to full species status, restricting R. muscosa to the southern Sierra Nevada and southern California.[3]


This species is very similar in appearance to the southern mountain yellow-legged frog, with which it was formerly identified.[2]

Conservation status[edit]

Shallow lakes that dry in summer endanger this high-elevation frog.[2] Predation by non-native trout also plays a large role in limiting breeding and tadpole development.[2] Many factors endangering the southern mountain yellow-legged frog also affect this species.


  1. ^ Geoffrey Hammerson (2008). "Rana sierrae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 Dec 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d Igor Lacan; Kathleen Matthews; Krishna Feldman. "Interaction of an introduced predator with future effects of climate change in the recruitment dynamics of the imperiled Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (rana sierrae)" (PDF). Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 3 (2): 211–223. 
  3. ^ Vredenburg, V. T.; Bingham, R.; Knapp, R.; Morgan, J. A. T.; Moritz, C.; Wake, D. (2007). "Concordant molecular and phenotypic data delineate new taxonomy and conservation priorities for the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog". Journal of Zoology. 271 (4): 361–374. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00258.x. 

External links[edit]

Data related to Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog at Wikispecies