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Lithobates fisheri Stejneger, 1893

Las Vegas leopard frog, Vegas Valley leopard frog



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rana fisheri Stejneger, 1893; Rana chiricahuensis (in part); Lithobates chiricahuensis (in part); Rana pipiens fisheri Stejneger, 1893


Conservation Status

Last record: 13 January 1942

Rediscovered in 2011



Nevada, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Stejneger, L. (1893). Annotated list of the reptiles and batrachians collected by the Death Valley Expedition in 1891, with descriptions of new species. North American Fauna [1893]: 159-228.


Other references:

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Hekkala, Evon R.; Saumure, Raymond A.; Jaeger, Jef R.; Herrmann, Hans-Werner; Sredl, Michael J.; Bradford, David F.; Drabeck, Danielle; Blum, Michael J. (2011). Resurrecting an extinct species: Archival DNA, taxonomy, and conservation of the Vegas Valley leopard frog. Conservation Genetics 12(5): 1379-1385. [Abstract]

Randy Jennings, Geoffrey Hammerson. (2004). Lithobates fisheri. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 17 February 2013.

Jennings, R.D., Riddle, B.R. and Bradford, D. 1995. Rediscovery of Rana onca, the relict leopard frog, in southern Nevada with comments on the systematic relationships of some leopard frogs (Rana pipiens complex) and the status of populations along the Virgin River. Unpublished report.

Wright, A. H. and Wright, A. A. (1949). Handbook of frogs and toads of the United States and Canada. Comstock Publishing Company, Inc, Ithaca, New York, USA.


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