Lithobates virgatipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lithobates virgatipes
Species Authority: (Cope, 1891)
Common Name(s):
English Carpenter Frog
Rana virgatipes Cope, 1891

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-08-14
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Luedtke, J.
Contributor(s): Hammerson, G.A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Angulo, A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species can be found in the Coastal Plain in the eastern USA from New Jersey to southeastern Georgia and extreme northern Florida (Conant and Collins 1991). It has a spotty distribution.
United States (Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia)
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Population [top]

Population: It has a localized distribution but can be common where it does occur (Gosner and Black 1968). It is uncommon at the southern extent of the range in northern Florida (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999). Gosner and Black (1968) mapped 33 sites in New Jersey and 31 sites elsewhere throughout its range. Tobey (1985) mapped only about a half dozen sites in Virginia (about the same as Gosner and Black 1968).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It can be found in sphagnum bogs and swamps and sphagnum borders of lakes and ponds; in tea-coloured, slow moving water with abundant emergent or floating vegetation. Active adults occur at the water's edge or on partly submerged logs or among vegetation and are often in same habitats as Hyla andersonii. Eggs are laid and larvae develop in pools in adult year-around habitat; globular egg masses are attached to underwater vegetation. In southern New Jersey, calling sites had more submerged shrubs than did control sites (Given 1988).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by loss or degradation of habitat (e.g. through ditching) at the periphery of the range in Virginia (Mitchell 1991). Local subpopulations are presumably impacted by urbanization.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Monitoring is needed, especially at the periphery of its range. It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Lithobates virgatipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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