Rana iberica Boulenger, 1879

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Rana > Species: Rana iberica

Rana iberica Boulenger, 1879, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 4: 177. Syntypes: 4 specimens (IRSNB 1.004 according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 12, and possibly MNHNP [by implication of being sent to Lataste, although his collection seems to have been disbursed to several other collections, including BMNH]), including BMNH 1947.2.29.3738 (formerly 1920.1.20.798) by museum records. Type locality: "Coïmbre" (= Coimbra), Portugal (Mus. Bruxelles), "Espagne" [Spain] (Lataste coll.) and "Pontevedra", Spain (deposition unknown); restricted to "Coimbra, Portugal" by Mertens and Müller, 1928, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 41: 20.

Rana temporaria ibericaBedriaga, 1881, Bull. Soc. Imp. Nat. Moscou, 56: 300.

Rana (Crotaphitis) fuscaSchulze, 1891, Jahresber. Abhandl. Naturwiss. Ver. Magdeburg, 1890: 176.

Rana (Rana) ibericaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41–42, by implication; Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333; Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

Rana (Laurasiarana) ibericaHillis 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.

English Names

Iberian Frog (Hellmich, 1962, Rept. Amph. Eur.: 66; Arnold and Burton, 1978, Field Guide Rept. Amph. Brit. Eur.: 83; Stumpel-Rienks, 1992, Ergänzungsband Handbuch Rept. Amph. Eur., Trivialnamen der Herpetofauna Eur.: 57; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 107; Crespo, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 142; Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 87).


Central and northern Portugal; to northern and central Spain, in montane areas up to 2425 m elevation.


In the Section Rana, subgenus Rana, Rana temporaria group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333. Records for this species from the Pyrenees are based on misidentifications according to Boulenger, 1898, Tailless Batr. Eur., 2: 325; and Dubois, 1982, Alytes, 1: 56–70. Mensi, Lattes, Macario, Salvidio, Giacoma, and Balletto, 1992, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 105: 293–311, reported on phylogenetic relationships. Crespo, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 142–143, discussed range and relevant literature. Barbadillo-Escrivá, 1987, Guia INCAFO Anf. Rept. Peninsula Iberica: 178–181, provided an account. Nöllert and Nöllert, 1992, Die Amph. Eur.: 338–341, provided an account and polygon map. Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 87, provided a brief account, figure, and map, as did Günther IN Engelmann, Fritzsche, Günther, and Obst, 1993, Lurche Kriechtiere Eur.: 165–166. Esteban, 1997, in Pleguezuelos (ed.), Dist. Biogeogr. Anf. Rep. Esp. Portugal: 161–163, provided a brief account, photograph, and detailed map. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Rana iberica) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 632. Speybroeck, Beukema, Bok, and Van Der Voort, 2016, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Brit. Eur.: 176–179, provided a brief account and range map. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 93, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph.

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