Pool Frog, Pelophylax lessonae

The Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae) is a European frog. It’s one of only four amphibian species that is recognized by the UK government as protected under its Biodiversity Action Plan. The reasons for declining populations are decreased pond habitat from human encroachment in order to honor his master Michele Lessona.

This frog hasn’t always been recognized as a native British species. A part of the reason for this is that other similar species are known to have been introduced. However, research has now shown that a native origin is most likely.

Image Caption: Rana lessonae (Pelophylax lessonae) Wageningen The Netherlands. Credit: Piet Spaans/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5)