Rana tavasensis Baran and Atatür, 1986

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

Rana macrocnemis tavasensis Baran and Atatür, 1986, Amphibia-Reptilia, 7: 130. Holotype: SZE 85/1966.1, by original designation. Type locality: "Çakiroluk district, approximately 28 kms. northwest of Tavas, at an altitude of 1650 meters . . . Akdag, Tavas", Turkey.

Rana tavasensisVeith, Kosuch, and Vences, 2003, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 26: 325.

Rana (Rana) tavasensis — Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

English Names

Tavas Frog (Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 96). 


Southwestern Turkey in isolated populations.


Confused with Rana macrocnemis prior to the treatment as a distinct species by Veith, Kosuch, and Vences, 2003, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 26: 310-327. See comment under Rana macrocnemis. See Afsar, Afsar, and Arikan, 2015, Herpetozoa, Wien, 28: 15–27, for related discussion of frogs of Anatolia. Ergül Kalaycı, Kalaycı, and Özdemir, 2017, Biochem. Syst. Ecol., 73: 26–34, provided mtDNA evidence to support the recognition of this species. Yıldırım, 2019, Hacettepe J. Biol. & Chem., Izmir, 46: 559–567, provided morphometric evidence for the distinctiveness of this species from Rana macrocnemis. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 96, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph.  

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