Lithobates macroglossa (Brocchi, 1877)

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

Rana macroglossa Brocchi, 1877, Bull. Soc. Philomath., Paris, Ser. 7, 1: 177. Syntypes: MNHNP 6321, 6321A, 6321B; MNHNP 6321 designated lectotype by Smith, Lynch, and Reese, 1966, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 23: 169–173. Type locality: "plateau de Guatemala".

Rana (Rana) macroglossaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41, by implication.

Rana (Novirana, Sierrana, Pantherana, Scurrilirana) macroglossaHillis 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 macroglossaFrost, 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) macroglossaDubois, 2006, C. R. Biol., Paris, 329: 829; Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 325.

Rana (Scurrilirana) macroglossaHillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 335–336, by implication.

Rana (Pantherana) macroglossa — Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

English Names

Guatemala Plateau Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108).


Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, east through western and central Guatemala, 1500–2500 m elevation


The name Rana macroglossa apparently applies to a member of the Lithobates pipiens group through the lectotype designation according to  Smith, Lynch, and Reese, 1966, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 23: 169–173, and D.M. Hillis In Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 502. Considered synonymous with Rana maculata by Holman and Birkenholz, 1963, Herpetologica, 19: 144-146. Not assigned to subgenus by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 305–352. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana macroglossa) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 506. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 291, discussed the ambiguity of application of the name and suggested that there is no way to distinguish this taxon morphologically from Lithobates forreri and Lithobates brownorum, and because of this did not recognize this species. Hillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34:  299–314, recognized the species and reported specimens extending the range from Guatemala to San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. 

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