Lithobates johni (Blair, 1965)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Lithobates > Species: Lithobates johni

Rana moorei Blair, 1947, Am. Mus. Novit., 1353: 5. Holotype: AMNH 52908, by original designation. Type locality: "Arroyo Sacahuite, at Palictla, 6 mi. (by highway) north of Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosi, Mexico". Secondary homonym of Anchylorana moorei Taylor, 1942, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 28: 199-235 (= Rana mooreiHolman, 1963, Herpetologica, 19: 160-168), when both are in Rana.

Rana johni Blair, 1965, Copeia, 1965: 517. Replacement name for Rana moorei, when in Rana. 

Rana (Rana) johniDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41-42, by implication.

Rana (Zweifelia) johniDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331; Hillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 335-336, by implication; Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

Rana (Novirana, Sierrana, Torrentirana, Zweifelia) johniHillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34: 305. See Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 317-330, Hillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 331-338, and Dubois, 2007, Cladistics, 23: 390-402, for relevant discussion of nomenclature. Invalid name formulation under the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999) as discussed by Dubois, 2007, Cladistics, 23: 395.

Lithobates johniFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 369. Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13; by implication.

Lithobates (Lithobates) johniDubois, 2006, C. R. Biol., Paris, 329: 830; Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 325. I 

English Names

Moore's Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 27; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 16).


Southeastern San Luis Potosí, northeastern eastern Hidalgo, and northern Puebla, Mexico. Likely to be found in extreme eastern Queretaro and intervening Veracruz.


In the Rana tarahumarae group of Hillis, Frost, and Webb, 1984, Copeia, 1984: 398-403. In the equivalent Rana pustulosa group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, and equivalent subgenus Zweifelia of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331. See account by Webb, 1988, Occas. Pap. Mus. Texas Tech Univ., 121: 1-15. Durán-Fuentes, Pérez-Ramos, and Mendoza-Hernández, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 359, provided a record for northern Puebla, Mexico. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana johni) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 505. Berriozabal-Islas, Ramírez-Bautista, Cruz-Elizalde, Ortiz-Pulido, and Badillo-Saldaña, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 385-386, provided a record for the Municipality of Huehuetla, Hidalgo, Mexico, and discussed the range. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2013, Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí: 70, provided an account for San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Hernández-Austria, Lara-Tufiño, and Ramírez-Bautista, 2015, Rev. Mexicana Biodiversidad, 86: 269–272, provided a detailed discussion of the range and its habitat as well as providing 17 new localities from Hidalgo, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 392–393, provided a brief account, as Lithobates johni, and map for Hidalgo, Mexico.

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