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Northern Leopard Frog (Rana Pipiens)

Special Significance of the Species

Rana pipiensis one of the most widespread amphibians in Canada (Cook, 1984). Historically, up to one million R. pipiens were commercially harvested for biological supply houses from Manitoba each year (Koonz, 1992). Rana pipiens may not be a high profile species, but the public does respond to it. A poster campaign in Alberta to solicit information about remaining populations was highly successful with over 200 submissions (D. Seburn, 1993). Some people even took the effort to send along photos they had taken to document their observations. Clearly the general public can respond to frogs as a benign or even beneficial species of wildlife. Rana pipiens is used in education and research. It is among the most commonly used frog species in high school dissections and is used to demonstrate principles of metamorphosis, both in schools and homes.