Warszewitsch's frog

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Warszewitsch's frog
Lithobates warszewitschii.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Lithobates
Species: L. warszewitschii
Binomial name
Lithobates warszewitschii
(Schmidt, 1857)
Synonyms
  • Rana warszewitschii Schmidt, 1857
  • Rana coeruleopunctata Steindachner, 1864
  • Ranula chrysoprasina Cope, 1866

Warszewitsch's frog (Lithobates warszewitschii) is a species of frog in the Ranidae family found in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.[1][2][3][4]

Description[edit]

L. warszewitschii is medium-sized: males grow to 52 mm (2.0 in) and females to 63 mm (2.5 in) in snout–vent length. The snout is pointed. They have large or small green patches on a golden brown background on their backs; the colouration darkens to brown along the sides. The dark area extends forward onto the face to form a "mask". They also have a light lip line. The dorsolateral folds have lighter colouration, usually golden or yellow. The feet are extensively webbed.[3]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

Its natural habitats are humid lowland, montane, and gallery forests, where it is found near streams,[1] but it can also be found far from streams.[4] It can survive even in small forest patches. Some populations seem to have suffered from chytridiomycosis, but more recently recovered. It is also affected by habitat loss.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Frank Solís; Roberto Ibáñez; Gerardo Chaves; Jay Savage; César Jaramillo; Querube Fuenmayor; Federico Bolaños (2010). "Lithobates warszewitschii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Lithobates warszewitschii (Schmidt, 1857)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Lithobates warszewitschii". Amphibians of Panama. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Luis Humberto Elizondo C.; Federico Bolaños V. (2011). "Lithobates warszewitschii". Biodiversidad de Costa Rica. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hillis, D.M., & de Sá, R. (1984): Phylogeny and taxonomy of the Rana palmipes species group (Salientia: Ranidae). Herpetological Monographs 2: 1-26.