Lithobates johni (Blair, 1965)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Lithobates > Species: Lithobates johni

Rana moorei Blair, 1947, Am. Mus. Novit., 1353: 5. Holotype: AMNH 52908, by original designation. Type locality: "Arroyo Sacahuite, at Palictla, 6 mi. (by highway) north of Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosi, Mexico". Secondary homonym of Anchylorana moorei Taylor, 1942, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 28: 199-235 (= Rana mooreiHolman, 1963, Herpetologica, 19: 160-168).

Rana johni Blair, 1965, Copeia, 1965: 517. Replacement name for Rana moorei.

Rana (Rana) johniDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41-42, by implication.

Rana (Zweifelia) johniDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331; Hillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 335-336, by implication; Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

Rana (Novirana, Sierrana, Torrentirana, Zweifelia) johniHillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34: 305. See Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 317-330, Hillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 331-338, and Dubois, 2007, Cladistics, 23: 390-402, for relevant discussion of nomenclature. Invalid name formulation under the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999) as discussed by Dubois, 2007, Cladistics, 23: 395.

Lithobates johniFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 369. Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13; by implication.

Lithobates (Lithobates) johniDubois, 2006, C. R. Biol., Paris, 329: 830. Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 325.


English Names

Moore's Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 27; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 16).


Southeastern San Luis Potosí, eastern Hidalgo, and northern Puebla, Mexico.


In the Rana tarahumarae group of Hillis, Frost, and Webb, 1984, Copeia, 1984: 398-403. In the equivalent Rana pustulosa group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, and equivalent subgenus Zweifelia of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331. See account by Webb, 1988, Occas. Pap. Mus. Texas Tech Univ., 121: 1-15. Durán-Fuentes, Pérez-Ramos, and Mendoza-Hernández, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 359, provided a record for northern Puebla, Mexico. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana johni) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 505. (There is some ambiguity about the status of the replacement name. If Anchylorana Taylor is a synonym of Lithobates, the name Lithobates johni stands; if not, the name reverts ot Lithobates moorei—DRF.) Berriozabal-Islas, Ramírez-Bautista, Cruz-Elizalde, Ortiz-Pulido, and Badillo-Saldaña, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 385-386, provided a record for the Municipality of Huehuetla, Hidalgo, Mexico, and discussed the range. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2013, Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí: 70, provided an account for San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

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