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: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Geoffrey Hammerson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, 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 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
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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 locations elsewhere throughout the range. Tobey (1985) mapped only about a half dozen locations in Virginia (about the same as Gosner and Black 1968).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species can be found in sphagnum bogs and swamps and sphagnum borders of lakes and ponds; 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

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Monitoring is needed. It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson 2004. Lithobates virgatipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 October 2014.
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