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Rana epeirotica

Peter Beerli
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Containing group: Western Palearctic water frogs


Mid sized frogs (females 83±7.5 mm; males 74.4±7.4 mm) with mostly greenish brown backs with many black spots, the flanks are yellowish. Morphological features are distinct from other water frog species, but are, as in all water frog species very variable (cf. Schneider et al. 1984). In biochemical characters (protein electrophoresis) the distinction from other species is easy: private alleles so far known are ALB:e, EST-5:a, MPI:b, 6PGDH:g, and sAAT:k (Hotz and Uzzell 1982, Beerli 1994).


The distribution of this species is restricted to the northwest of Greece and the southern parts of Albania. The presence of this species on the island Zakynthos has to be confirmed. Rana epeirotica lives in sympatry with Rana ridibunda.

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Valid name: Rana (Pelophylax) epeirotica Schneider, Sofianidou, and Kyriakopoulou 1984
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Beerli, P. 1994. Genetic isolation and calibration of an average protein clock in western Palearctic water frogs of the Aegean region. Dissertation Universität Zürich 1994. [Summary]

Hotz, H. and T. Uzzell. 1982. Biochemically detected sympatry of two water frog species: two different cases in the Adriatic Balkans (Amphibia, Ranidae). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 134: 50-79.

Schneider, H., T. S. Sofianidou and P. Kyriakopoulou-Sklavounou. 1984. Bioacoustic and morphometric studies in water frogs (genus Rana) of Lake Ioannina in Greece, and description of a new species (Anura, Amphibia). Zeitschrift für zoologische Systematik und Evolutionsforschung 22(4): 349-366.

Sofianidou, T. S., and H. Schneider. 1989. Distribution range of the Epeirus frog Rana epeirotica (Amphibia: Anura) and the composition of the water frog populations in western Greece. Zoologischer Anzeiger 223(1/2): 13-25.

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Scientific Name Rana epeirotica
Copyright © 1995 Hansjürg Hotz
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Peter Beerli
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

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Beerli, Peter. 1995. Rana epeirotica. Version 20 December 1995 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Rana_epeirotica/17495/1995.12.20 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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