Lithobates psilonota (Webb, 2001)

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

Rana psilonota Webb, 2001, Mesoam. Herpetol.: 28. Holotype: MSU 12909, by original designation. Type locality: "9.6 road kilometers (six miles via Highwa 15) northwest Sant Isabel, ca. 1158 m, Nayarit, México".

Rana (Novirana, Sierrana, Torrentirana, Zweifelia) psilonotaHillis 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 psilonotaFrost, 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) psilonotaDubois, 2006, C. R. Biol., Paris, 329: 830; Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 325.

Rana (Zweifelia) psilonotaHillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 335-336, by implication; 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.

English Names

Smooth-backed Frog (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 16).


Mexican states of Aguascalientes, Zacatecas (southern), Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit, associated with tributaris of the Río Ameca and the Río Grande de Santiago drainages.


In the Rana tarahumarae group (= Rana pustulosa group) according to the original publication, formerly confused with Rana pustulosa. Ahumada-Carrillo, Vázquez-Huizar, Vázquez-Diaz, and García-Vázquez, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 397, provided a record for southern Zacatecas, Mexico, and discussed the range. Rodríguez-Canseco, Ayón-Escobedo, and González-Estupiñán, 2013, Herpetol. Rev., 44: 622, reported sympatry of this species with Lithobates spectabilisLithobates neovolcanicus, and Lithobates forreri. Bañuelos-Alamillo, Quintero-Díaz, and Carbajal-Márquez, 2018, Mesoam. Herpetol., 5: 173, provided a record from the Municipio de Valparaiso, Zacatecas, Mexico. 

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