Lithobates tlaloci (Hillis and Frost, 1985)

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

Rana tlaloci Hillis and Frost, 1985, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 117: 10. Holotype: KU 194434, by original designation. Type locality: "Xochimilco, Distrito Federal, México".

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

Rana (Pantherana) tlalociDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331; 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, Pantherana, Scurrilirana) tlalociHillis 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 tlalociFrost, 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) tlalociDubois, 2006, C. R. Biol., Paris, 329: 830. Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 325.

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

English Names

Tlaloc's Leopard Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 28; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 17).


Historically known throughout the Valley of Mexico; recently found only at Xochimilco.


In the Rana berlandieri subgroup of the Rana pipiens complex as defined by Hillis, Frost, and Wright, 1983, Syst. Zool., 32: 132-143. In the equivalent Rana (Pantherana) berlandieri group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331. Now extinct according to O. Flores-Villela (personal communication). Hillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34: 308, suggested that this taxon may be conspecific with Lithobates neovolcanicus. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana tlaloci) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 514.

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