Rana sierrae Camp, 1917

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Rana > Species: Rana sierrae

Rana boylii sierrae Camp, 1917, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 17: 120. Holotype: MVZ 3734, by original designation. Type locality: "Matlack Lake, 10,500 feet altitude, two miles southeast of Kearsarge Pass, Sierra Nevada, Inyo County, California", USA. Synonymy by

Rana sierraeVredenburg, Bingham, Knapp, Morgan, Moritz, and Wake, 2007, J. Zool., London, 271: 370.

Rana (Rana) sierrae — Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 398. 

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

English Names

Sierra Yellow-legged Frog (Grinnell and Storer, 1924, Animal Life in the Yosemite: 663; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 176).

Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged Frog (Storer, 1925, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 27: 43; Slevin, 1928, Occas. Pap. California Acad. Sci., 16: 139; Wright and Wright, 1933, Handb. Frogs Toads U.S. Canada: xi; Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 84; Vredenburg, Bingham, Knapp, Morgan, Moritz, and Wake, 2007, J. Zool., London, 271: 370; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37: 11; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 9; Frost, McDiarmid, Mendelson, and Green, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 21; Frost, Lemmon, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 19).

Distribution

Sierra Nevada of California and extreme western Nevada (near Lake Tahoe), 4500-1200 ft. elevation south to its type locality in Inyo County, California, USA.

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Rana muscosa by Vredenburg, Bingham, Knapp, Morgan, Moritz, and Wake, 2007, J. Zool., London, 271: 370, where it had been placed by Zweifel, 1955, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 54: 229. See comment under Rana muscosa. Vredenburg, Bingham, Knapp, Morgan, Moritz, and Wake, 2007, J. Zool., London, 271: 361-374, discussed the systematics of this species and its disappearance from large parts of its former range. Dodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 2 : 747–752, provided an account that summarized relevant literature. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 250–253, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. 

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