Peralta frog

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Peralta frog
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Lithobates
Species: L. taylori
Binomial name
Lithobates taylori
(Smith, 1959)
Synonyms

Rana taylori Smith, 1959

The Peralta frog, Lithobates taylori, is a species of frog in the Ranidae family found in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.[2][3]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name taylori honors Edward Harrison Taylor (1889–1978), an American herpetologist.[4]

Description[edit]

Peralta frogs are relatively large frogs, 6–8.5 cm (2.4–3.3 in) in snout–vent length. Colouration of dorsum is tan, green, or gray, often with large elongated black spots with clear edges. The dorsolateral folds are clear but become discontinuous towards the back. Belly is white. Feet are extensively webbed.[3]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

Peralta frog is a nocturnal, semi-aquatic frog inhabiting ponds, swamps, and marshes in lowland wet forest, premontane moist and wet forests, and rainforest. Breeding takes place during the wet season. The eggs are attached to aquatic vegetation.[1][3] The tadpoles develop in these wetlands. It may be threatened by habitat loss due to deforestation, possibly by also water pollution from agricultural pesticides.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bolaños, F.; Chaves, G.; Savage, J. & Köhler, G. (2008). "Lithobates taylori". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Lithobates taylori (Smith, 1959)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Luis Humberto Elizondo C.; Federico Bolaños V. (2011). "Lithobates taylori". Biodiversidad de Costa Rica. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. pp. 331–332. ISBN 978-1-907807-42-8.