Lithobates sphenocephala

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Lithobates sphenocephala


Taxonavigation: Anura

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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Chordata Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Amphibia
Subclassis: Lissamphibia
Ordo: Anura

Familia: Ranidae
Genus: Lithobates
Species: Lithobates sphenocephala
Subspecies: L. s. sphenocephala – L. s. utricularia


  • Lithobates sphenocephala Cope, 1886
    • Type locality: "in a sulphur spring, near the St. John's River, about three hundred miles from Key West", Florida, USA.
    • Neotype: UMMZ 56130.



  • Cope, 1886, Proc. Am. Philos. Soc., 23: 517.
  • Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 369.
  • Hillis, D.M. & Wilcox, T.P. (2005): Phylogeny of the New World true frogs (Rana). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34(2): 299–314. PDF fulltext
  • Hillis, D. M. (2007) Constraints in naming parts of the Tree of Life. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42: 331–338. PDF fulltext
  • 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species IUCN: Lithobates sphenocephala (Least Concern) Downloaded on 2 July 2008. (as Rana sphenocephala)


This species was briefly transferred to Lithobates by Frost et al., 2006, but was transferred back to Rana by Hillis, 2007.

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Southern Leopard Frog