Ornate Chorus Frog - Pseudacris ornata

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*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies:  No subspecies recognized.

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Species Range:  Coastal Plain from central North Carolina south to north Florida, and west to the extreme eastern Florida Parishes of Louisiana.

Louisiana Range:  Near the Pearl River in extreme eastern parts of Washington and St. Tammany in the Florida Parishes.

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Global Conservation Status:  Ornate Chorus Frogs have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States, a presumed large population, and tolerate a degree of habitat modification, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G4 (Apparently Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Ornate Chorus Frogs are considered extirpated from Louisiana and currently have a state ranking of SH (historical occurrence with no recent records verified within the last 20 years). Ornate Chorus Frogs were apparently never common in Louisiana, and their range in extreme eastern Washington and St. Tammany Parishes represented the westernmost extent of the species range. Habitat destruction resulting from urban development has been implicated in the extirpation of this species from Louisiana.

***If you live in the historical range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed or heard this species please let me know (take a picture or audio recording if possible), as I hold out hope that it may be holding on somewhere unknown to authorities in Louisiana.***

Author's Remarks:  I have never seen or heard this species anywhere in its range, though I have seldom herped in their historic range in Louisiana and nearly never at the right time of year to detect them.

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