Lithobates pustulosus (Boulenger, 1883)

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

Rana pustulosa Boulenger, 1883, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 11: 343. Holotype: BMNH 1883.4.16.42 ( now reregistered 1947.2.4.24) according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 213, and museum records. Type locality: "Ventanas", Durango, Mexico.

Rana sinaloae Zweifel, 1954, Bull. S. California Acad. Sci., 53: 131. Holotype: MVZ 58962, by original designation. Type locality: "14 miles by road southwest of El Batel, Sinaloa, Mexico, at an elevation of 4200 feet". Synonymy by Webb, 1984, in Seigel et al. (eds.), Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, Spec. Publ., 10: 237.

Rana (Rana) pustulosaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, by implication.

Rana (Zweifelia) pustulosaDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331; Hillis, 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.

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

English Names

Cascade Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 27).

Mexican Cascades Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).

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


Tributary streams that drain the west-facing slopes of the Sierra Madre Occidental from southern Sinaloa through Nayarit to Jalisco, Colima, and Michoacán, Mexico.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


In the Rana tarahumarae group of Hillis, Frost, and Webb, 1984, Copeia, 1984: 398–403, Rana pustulosa group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42. In equivalent subgenus Zweifelia of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 331. Old extralimital records are based on Rana tarahumarae and Rana sierramadrensis. Hillis, Frost, and Frost, 1983, J. Herpetol., 17: 72–73, misapplied the name Rana trilobata to (former) Rana sinaloae. See accounts by Zweifel, 1968, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 66: 1–2; Webb, 1988, Occas. Pap. Mus. Texas Tech Univ., 121: 1–15, and Webb, 2001, Mesoam. Herpetol.: 23–26. Rendón Suárez, Mercado-Silva, Palomera García, and Iñiguez Dávalos, 2016, Southwest. Nat., 61: 241–273 provided records from the Marabasco Basin of the Jalisco–Colima border region. Lemos-Espinal, Smith, and Valdes-Lares, 2019, Amph. Rept. Durango: 80–81, provided a brief account for Durango, Mexico.  

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