Lithobates lenca

Lithobates lenca

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Lithobates lenca

The Lenca leopard frog is a species of true frog found in the Chortís Highlands of southwestern Honduras at altitudes of 1560 to 2080 m. This frog was long thought to be a hybrid between the two lowland species Lithobates brownorum and Lithobates forreri until 2018 when DNA tests proved the highland leopard frogs to be a distinct species. They are smaller in size but have larger heads than the two lowland species, with males growing between 46.6–64.3 mm while females grow between 43.7–76.3 mm . The Lenca leopard frog is named after the Lenca people, who inhabit the same mountainous region as the frog.

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1. Lithobates lenca Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithobates_lenca
2. Lithobates lenca on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/143844904/176621696

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