Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Distribution and Status of the Northern Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens, in West Virginia
Author:   Amanda Nicole Spriggs
College:   Science
Degree Program:   Biological Sciences, M.S.
Degree:   Master of Science
Committee Director:   Dr. Thomas K. Pauley
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   4/24/2009

The Northern Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens, is listed as a species of concern by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Because this species is uncommon in West Virginia, information is needed to understand its distribution and conservation needs. I surveyed 14 historic R. pipiens locations and 70 Wildlife Management Areas throughout West Virginia beginning in March 2008. Rana pipiens was found in four locations; Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area was confirmed through both auditory and visual surveys and the rest were confirmed through visual observations. Besides Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area, all other sites were confirmed by the presence of a single adult or juvenile R. pipiens, which does not indicate a viable population. Due to their current distribution, we recommend that the Division of Natural Resources assign an S1 ranking to R. pipiens in West Virginia, because the only viable population found is located in Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area.  

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