Pelophylax cerigensis (Beerli, Hotz, Tunner, Heppich, and Uzzell, 1994)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Pelophylax > Species: Pelophylax cerigensis

Rana cerigensis Beerli, Hotz, Tunner, Heppich, and Uzzell, 1994, Not. Nat., Philadelphia, 470: 4. Holotype: MHNG 2543.92, by original designation. Type locality: Olympus, Greece—"Olympos . . . , northern Karpathos, Greece (35°44′N/27°10′E), 300 m".

Rana (Pelophylax) cerigensisDubois and Ohler, 1996 "1994", Zool. Polon., 39: 180.

Hylarana cerigensisChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 237, by implication.

Pelophylax cerigensisFrost, 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.

English Names

Karpathos Water Frog (Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 96).

Karpathos Frog (Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 112).


Karpathos Island and Rhodos Island, Greece, with mainland population required genetic confirmation.


In the "western Palearctic water frog group" according to the original publication. Lymberakis, Poulakakis, Manthalou, Tsigenopoulos, Magoulas, and Mylonas, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 44: 115-125, questioned on the basis of molecular evidence the distinctiveness of Pelophylax cerigensis from Pelophylax bedriagae. See brief account by Valakos, Pafilis, Sotiropoulos, Lymberakis, Maragou, and Foufopoulos, 2008, Amph. Rept. Greece: 102-103. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana cerigensis) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 501. Toli, Siarabi, Bounas, Pafilis, Lymberakis, and Sotiropoulos, 2018, Acta Herpetol., Firenze, 13: 117–123, discussed the molecular phylogenetics of the species. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 112, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph. 

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