Pelophylax epeiroticus (Schneider, Sofianidou, and Kyriakopoulou-Sklavounou, 1984)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Pelophylax > Species: Pelophylax epeiroticus

English Names

Epeirus Frog (Stumpel-Rienks, 1992, Ergänzungsband Handbuch Rept. Amph. Eur., Trivialnamen der Herpetofauna Eur.: 56; Sofianidou, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 136).

Epeiros Frog (Schneider, 1999, in Legakis (ed.), Contr. Zoogeogr. Ecol. E. Mediterr. Region, 1: 217).

Epirus Pool Frog (Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 95).

Epirus Water Frog (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 503).


Western Greece (including the island of Kerkyra) north into southern Albania, 0-500 m elevation.


Synonymized with Pelophylax ridibundus (as Rana) by Stugren and Kaplanidis, 1989, Stud. Univ. Babes-Bolyai, Biol., 34: 57–68. This synonymy implicitly not accepted by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 332, or Schneider and Sinsch, 1992, Z. Zool. Syst. Evolutionsforsch., 30: 297-315. Reported in Albania by Schneider and Haxhiu, 1992, Amphibia-Reptilia, 13: 293–295. Sympatry of Pelophylax balcanicus (= Pelophylax kurtmuelleri) and Pelophylax epeiroticus reported by Sofianidou, Schneider, and Sinsch, 1994, Alytes, 12: 107. See Plötner, 1998, J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 36: 191–201, and Plötner and Ohst, 2001, Mitt. Mus. Naturkd. Berlin, Zool., 77: 5–21, for discussion of relationships. Sofianidou, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 136–137, discussed range and relevant literature. Nöllert and Nöllert, 1992, Die Amph. Eur.: 359-, provided an account and polygon map. Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 95, provided a brief account, figure, and map as did Günther in Engelmann, Fritzsche, Günther, and Obst, 1993, Lurche Kriechtiere Eur.: 175–176. Kyriakopoulou-Sklavounou, Xeros, Charilaou, and Tsiora, 2003, Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 133: 191-193, on the basis of allele frequencis suggested that Pelophylax epeiroticus is most closely related to Pelophylax cretensis. Casola, Marracci, Bucci, Ragghianti, Mancino, Hotz, Uzzell, and Guex, 2004, J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 42: 234–244, provided a molecular tree of western Palearctic water frogs (all in Rana) in the topology Pelophylax saharicus (Pelophylax cretensis (Pelophylax perezi (Pelophylax shqipericus (Pelophylax epeiroticus ("Pelophylax lessonae" + Pelophylax ridibundus))))). See brief account for Greece by Valakos, Pafilis, Sotiropoulos, Lymberakis, Maragou, and Foufopoulos, 2008, Amph. Rept. Greece: 110–111. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana epeirotica) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 503. Oruçi, 2009, Nat. Montenegrina, Podgorica, 7: 419–423, detailed the range in Albania.

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