Epirus Water Frog, Pelophylax epeiroticus

The Epirus Water Frog (Pelophylax epeiroticus) is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It is located in Albania and Greece.

Its natural habitat includes Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, swamps, rivers, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and plantations. It is threatened by loss of habitat.

This species is listed as Vulnerable due to its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 square kilometers, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the quality and extent of its wetland habitat.

This species is mainly aquatic and is commonly associated with still waters, canals, marshes, and slow-moving rivers, frequently with rich vegetation at their edges. Breeding and larval development occurs in these water bodies. It isn’t known if the species can adapt to changes in habitat.

Image Caption: Epirus Water Frog from Peloponnesus. Credit: Benny Trapp/Wikipedia  (CC BY 3.0)