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Cretan Marsh Frog, Rana cretensis

Observed: 25th April 2013 By: spotted catspotted cat’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesspotted cat’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Cretan Marsh Frog, Rana cretensis
Description:

Observed in a shallow stream in the Eleftherna area, Crete.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

Masked Marvel's picture

Correct Id

You are correct that it is a Cretan water frog. However the scientific name should be Pelophylax cretensis. The formerly large genus of Rana was split some time ago. In Europe the "brown" frogs such as the common frog, agile frog and moor frog remained in Rana, whilst the "green" frogs such as the marsh, pool and edible frogs became Pelophylax. If you want to add and ID with this name I will agree it. I think this is the first Cretan water frog on iSpot, well done!

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Revised scientific name

Thanks, MM. I've done as you've suggested. Should I have changed the common name too, to water as opposed to marsh frog?
Glad you liked it! There were many of them that day, doing what comes naturally! And being very vocal too.

Masked Marvel's picture

I'm not too worried about the

I'm not too worried about the common names as different people are used to different names. It's good to get the scientific name as accurate as possible(although difficult due the amount of changes in the light of DNA analysis) as these reflect evolutionary lineages and relationships, which are quire interesting.

Masked Marvel's picture

Now you updated the

Now you updated the scientific name it linked to an observation you posted last year!

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So I did!

Yes, I've seen these frogs quite often, but I had forgotten I'd posted that other one!