Lithobates clamitans
Lithobates clamitans
(Green Frog)
Amphibians-Frogs
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Lithobates clamitans (Latreille in Sonnini de Manoncourt and Latreille, 1801)

Common name: Green Frog

Synonyms and Other Names: Rana clamitans (see first paragraph of Remarks section)

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Native Range:
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Nonindigenous Occurrences: An individual was collected in Arizona in 1995 (Howland, 1996). Specimens were collected on Oahu, Hawaii in 1935 (Devick, 1991). Multiple individuals were observed and collected in the lower Weber River, Ogden, Utah in 1966 (Stebbins, 1966). Multiple individuals were also observed and collected in Toad Lake outside of Bellingham, Washington in 1966 (Stebbins, 1966).

Means of Introduction: Released in Hawaii. Stocked for food in Washington and Utah. Unknown means of introduction in Arizona.

Status: Established in Hawaii, Utah, and Washington. Unknown in Arizona.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

Remarks: Frost et al. (2006) revised the genus Rana and most of the North, Central and South American "true frogs" were seperated from this taxon and placed into the new genus Lithobates (Frost et al., 2006; Crother, 2008; Collins and Taggart, 2009).  Scientific and standard English names follow Crother (2008).

References: (click for full references)

Collins, J.T. and T.W. Taggart. 2009. Standard common and current scientific names for North American amphibians, turtles, reptiles, and crocodilians. Sixth Edition. Publication of The Center for North American Herpetology, Lawrence. iv + 44p.

Crother, B.I. (chair). Committee on Standard and English and Scientific Names. 2008. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Society for the Study of Amphibians and  Reptiles Herpetological Circular. No. 37. iii + 86p.

Devick, W.S. 1991. Disturbances and fluctuations in the Wahiawa Reservoir ecosystem. Project No. F-14-R-15, Job 4 Study I. Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Frost, D. R., T. Grant, J. Faivovich, R. H. Bain, A. Haas, C. F. B. Haddad, R. O. De Sá, A. Channing, M. Wilkinson, S. C. Donnellan, C. J. Raxworthy, J. A. Campbell, B. L. Blotto, P. Moler, R. C. Drewes, R. A. Nussbaum, J. D. Lynch, D. M. Green, and W. C. Wheeler. 2006. The amphibian tree of life. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 297:1-370 + Fig. 50 foldout.

Howland, J.M. 1996. Herps of Arizona. The Desert Monitor 27(1): 12-17.

Stebbins, R.C. 1966. A field guide to western reptiles and amphibians. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Author: Denise R. Gregoire, and Robert S. Powell

Revision Date: 8/13/2015

Citation Information:
Denise R. Gregoire, and Robert S. Powell, 2018, Lithobates clamitans (Latreille in Sonnini de Manoncourt and Latreille, 1801): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=72, Revision Date: 8/13/2015, Access Date: 1/22/2018

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