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Rana sphenocephala

Southern Leopard Frog

leopard frog (sometimes called a meadow frog) can mean any frog of about 14 species within the true frog genus Lithobates. They are generally similarly colored—green with prominent black spotting that sometimes appears as a leopard pattern. They are distinguished by their distribution and certain rather subtle ecological, behavioral, morphological and genetic traits. Their range in the North-American subcontinent extends throughout temperate and subtropical North America to northern Mexico, with some species found even further south. They are also found in Europe.

Taxonomy Edit

Leopard frogs (meadow frogs) were briefly grouped with the American bullfrog and relatives in the genus Lithobates.

Species Edit

Further species may exist in this famous cryptic species complex

  • Chiricahua leopard frog, Lithobates chiricahuensis
  • Guerreran leopard frog, Lithobates omiltemana
  • Island leopard frog, Lithobates miadis
  • Lowland leopard frog, Lithobates yavapaiensis
  • Northern leopard frog, Lithobates pipiens
  • Northwest Mexico leopard frog, Lithobates magnaocularis
  • Plains leopard frog, Lithobates blairi
  • Ramsey Canyon leopard frog, Lithobates subaquavocalis
  • Relict leopard frog Lithobates onca
  • Rio Grande leopard frog, Lithobates berlandieri
  • Southern leopard frog, Lithobates sphenocephalus
  • Tlaloc's leopard frog, Lithobates tlaloci
  • Transverse volcanic leopard frog, Lithobates neovolcanica
  • Vegas Valley leopard frog, Lithobates fisheri

New Species Edit

In March 2012, it was announced that DNA testing had confirmed that a new species of leopard frog had been found whose habitat was centered near New York's Yankee Stadium and included Northern New Jersey, Southeastern New York, and Staten Island; the new still unnamed species is part of a cryptic species complex that was first distinguished by its short, repetitive croak, distinct from the "long snore" or "rapid chuckle" of other area leopard frog species. This species has now been identified as far south as southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. On 30 October 2014, it was announced that the frog which was found in March 2012, is a new species of leopard frog called Rana kauffeldi that once inhabited Manhattan, New York.

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