Acris crepitans Baird, 1854

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Acridinae > Genus: Acris > Species: Acris crepitans

Rana pumila Le Conte, 1825, Ann. Lyc. Nat. Hist. New York, 1: 282. Type(s): Not designated or known to exist. Type locality: Not stated, although implied to be in the eastern USA. A nomen dubium placed here as a likely senior synonym of Acris crepitans although possibly belonging with Acris gryllus (DRF).

Acris crepitans Baird, 1854, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 7: 59. Type(s): Not designated, although presumably originally in USNM, ANSP, or Philadelphia Museum but not reported in any type lists and presumably now lost. Type locality: "Northern states generally"; restricted to Albany, Albany County, New York, USA, by Smith and Taylor, 1950, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 33: 359 (in error—a locality outside of the known range, according to Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 647); restricted to "Potomac River at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia", USA, by Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 68, this restriction deemed invalid by Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 326, for not being based on disclosed evidence. Type locality discussed and restricted to "The Locusts, near Oyster Bay, Nassau Co[unty]., Long Island, New York", USA by Smith, Zappalorti, Breisch, and McKinley, 1995, Herpetol. Rev., 26: 14. Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 326, regarded the original publication date to be 1856, but see Fox, 1913, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia,, Index, 1812-1912: vii–xiv.

Acris gryllus crepitansCope, 1875, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 1: 30.

Acris gryllus var. crepitansJordan, 1878, Man. Vert. North. U.S., Ed. 2: 190; Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 336.

Acris crepitans crepitansConant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 276.

English Names

Western Cricket (Acris crepitans: Yarrow, 1882, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 24: 23).

Cricket Frog (Hay, 1892, Annu. Rep. Dept. Geol. Nat. Res. Indiana for 1891: 461 [as Acris gryllus]; Fowler, 1907, Annu. Rep. N.J. State Mus. for 1906: 99; Wright and Wright, 1933, Handb. Frogs Toads U.S. Canada: x).

Rattler (Fowler, 1907, Annu. Rep. N.J. State Mus. for 1906: 99).

Western Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans: Strecker, 1915, Baylor Univ. Bull., 18: 49).

Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans: Davis and Rice, 1883, Bull. Chicago Acad. Sci., 1: 27; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 10; Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 16; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 11; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 6; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 7; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37: 2; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 7).

Common Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans: Viosca, 1949, Pop. Sci. Bull., Louisiana Acad. Sci., 1: 10).

Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans crepitans: Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 176; Conant, 1975, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am., Ed. 2: 317; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 10; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 11).

Eastern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans crepitans: Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 6; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37: 2; Acris crepitans: Frost, McDiarmid, Mendelson, and Green, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 11; Frost, Lemmon, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 6).

Distribution

East of the Mississippi River and south of the Ohio River west of the northern Appalachians in Kentucky, Tennessee, to southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, thence into the Panhandle of western Florida, and north along through central Georgia, western South Carolina, central and western North Carolina, eastern Virginia, extreme eastern West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and southern New York, USA.

Comment

Salthe and Nevo, 1969, Biochem. Genet., 3: 335–341, reported on geographic variation in lactate dehydrogenase. See comments under Acris blanchardi and Acris. Gray, Brown, and Blackburn, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 441–443, provided a detailed account in the sense of including Acris blanchardiDodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 1: 219–226, provided an account that summarized the literature of the species. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 190–191, provided an account of larval morphology and biology.     

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