Rana italica Dubois, 1987

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

Rana graeca italica Dubois, 1987 "1985", Alytes, 4: 137. Holotype: MNHNP 1979.8040, by original designation. Type locality: "Fosso dell' Acqua Bianca, 130 m, à l'est de Tolfa et à l'ouest de Rota, Roma, Italie".

Rana (Rana) italicaDubois, 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 italicaPicariello, Scillitani, and Cretella, 1990, Amphibia-Reptilia, 11: 189-192; Capula, 1991, Zool. Anz., 227: 1-12.

Rana (Laurasiarana) italicaHillis 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

Italian Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108).

Italian Stream Frog (Zuffi, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 145; Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 86).


Peninsular Italy, sea level to 1667 m elevation.


In the Section Rana, subgenus Rana, Rana graeca group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333. See Picariello, Scillitani, and Cretella, 1990, Amphibia-Reptilia, 11: 189-192, and Dubois, 1987 "1985", Alytes, 4: 135-138). Most closely related to Rana latastei according to Capula, 1991, Zool. Anz., 227: 1-12. Species distinction from Rana graeca confirmed by Picariello, Scillitani, and Cretella, 1990, Amphibia-Reptilia, 11: 189-192; Picariello, Scillitani, and Usai, 1996 "1994", Studi Trentini Sci. Nat. Acta Biol., 71: 223-231; Picariello, Scillitani, Feliciello, Bellinello, Maresca, and Chinali, 2000, Riv. Idrobiol., 38: 183-193, and Picariello, Feliciello, Bellinello, and Chinali, 2002, Genome, 45: 63-70. Zuffi, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 144-145, discussed range and relevant literature. Lanza, 1983, Guide Reconoscimento Spec. Animali, Anf. Rett.: 128-130, reported on the species as Rana graeca. Nöllert and Nöllert, 1992, Die Amph. Eur.: 336-337, provided an account and polygon map. Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 86-87, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Canestrelli, Cimmaruta, and Nascetti, 2008, Mol. Ecol., 17: 3586-3872, discussed Pleistocene biogeography. Razzetti, Sacchi, and Platz, 2006, Herpetol. J., 16: 229–231, discussed the acoustic repertoire. Picariello, Guarino, and Bernini, 2007, in Lanza et al. (eds.), Fauna d'Italia, 42 (Amph.): 408-412, provided a detailed account. 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: 91, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph.

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