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Rana coreana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA RANIDAE

Scientific Name: Rana coreana
Species Authority: Okada, 1928
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Song et al. (2006) in treating this as a species distinct from Rana amurensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Jae-Young Song
Reviewer(s): Simon Stuart, Neil Cox
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its reasonably wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known with certainty only from the Republic of Korea, where it is widespread. It is presumably present also in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, but the boundary between this species and Rana amurensis is unclear. For the purpose of this assessment we have arbitrarily taken the boundary to be at 40ºN in the Korean Peninsula. This is mostly a lowland species occurring up to 700m asl, but it is usually below 400m asl (J.-Y. Song pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species in the Republic of Korea.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is present in coniferous, mixed and deciduous forests, shrublands and grasslands. It is found most frequently in open, wet places such as wet meadows and forest glades, swamps, overgrown lakeshores, riverbanks, and floodplains. Reproduction and larval development takes place in shallow lakes, ponds, ditches, large puddles and marshes with stagnant water. Large numbers of this frog may be found hibernating in the bottom mud of ponds and pools. It may be found in modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is mostly threatened by general habitat loss, and the drainage and pollution of breeding pools, but overall it is not significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are a number of protected areas within the range of this species. The boundary between this species and Rana amurensis needs to be determined.

Citation: Jae-Young Song 2008. Rana coreana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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