Amerana luteiventris (Thompson, 1913)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amerana > Species: Amerana luteiventris

Rana pretiosa luteiventris Thompson, 1913, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 26: 53. Holotype: UMMZ 43037, by original designation. Type locality: "Anne Creek, Elko Co[unty]., Nevada", USA. Kluge, 1983, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 166: 60, refined this locality to "Lower Annie Creek . . . in the vicinity of Carlin, where Annie Creek is crossed by the Southern Pacific Railroad".

Rana luteiventrisCuellar, 1996, Biogeographica, Paris, 72: 145–150; Green, Kaiser, Sharbel, Kearsley, and McAllister, 1997, Copeia, 1997: 1–8.

Rana (Laurasiarana, Amerana) luteiventrisHillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34: 311, by implication; see Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 317–330, and Hillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 331–338, for discussion. Invalid name formulation under the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999) as discussed by Dubois, 2007, Cladistics, 23: 395.

Rana (Amerana) luteiventrisDubois, 2006, C. R. Biol., Paris, 329: 830; Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

Rana (Rana) luteiventris — Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 395. 

Amerana luteiventris — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 424. 

English Names

Nevada Spotted Frog (Storer, 1925, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 27: 43; Wright and Wright, 1933, Handb. Frogs Toads U.S. Canada: xi).

Great Basin Spotted Frog (Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 85; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 177).

Columbia Spotted Frog (Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 13; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 14; Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 229; 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: 20; Frost, Lemmon, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 19).


Southeastern Alaska and Yukon (Canada) south, east of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon, to western Montana, western Wyoming, central Utah, and northern Nevada, USA.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Canada, United States of America, United States of America - Alaska, United States of America - Idaho, United States of America - Montana, United States of America - Nevada, United States of America - Oregon, United States of America - Utah, United States of America - Washington, United States of America - Wyoming


In the Rana boylii group of North American authors. By implication in the Rana aurora group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, in the equivalent Section Amerana, subgenus Aurorana of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 322. (Although Aurorana was shown by Hillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34: 305, to be paraphyletic with respect to Amerana.) Green, Sharbel, Kearsley, and Kaiser, 1996, Evolution, 50: 374–390, discussed genetic geographic variation withi nominal Rana pretiosa and suggested that two species were present mascarading under this name, as did Cuellar, 1996, Biogeographica, Paris, 72: 145–150, on the basis of morphology, and who first recognized Rana luteiventris formally. Subsequently Green, Kaiser, Sharbel, Kearsley, and McAllister, 1997, Copeia, 1997: 1–8, recognized Rana luteiventris as a distinct species for the eastern and northern form. Bos and Sites, 2001, Mol. Ecol., 10: 1499–1514, reported on geographic genetic variation, and reported that four populations were distinguishable on a molecular basis. Slough, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 146, provided Canadian records. Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 229–230, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Funk, Pearl, Draheim, Adams, Mullins, and Haig, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 49: 198–210, reported on molecular phylogeographics, and suggested that additional study may warrant the recognition of more than on one species currently recognized as Rana luteiventris. Reaser and Pilliod, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 559–563, and Dodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 2 : 723–732, provided account that summarized relevant literature of biology, range, and conservation. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 244–247, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 245–246, provided an account of larval morphology and biology. Seaborn, Hauser, Konrade, Waits, and Goldberg, 2019, Ecol. Evol., 9: 5063–5078, reported on landscape genetics in northern Idaho, USA

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