Accession Number : ADA329320

Title :   Species Profile: Gopher Frog (Rana capito spp.) on Military Installations in the Southeastern United States

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Palis, John G. ; Fischer, Richard A.

PDF Url : ADA329320

Report Date : AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The gopher frog (Rana capito) is a rare frog of the Southeast. Currently, three subspecies are recognized; one is a candidate species for listing as Threatened or Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the other two are former candidates now unofficially considered 'Species of Concern.' Gopher frogs inhabit xeric upland pine communities of the Southeastern Coastal Plain from the southern half of the North Carolina coastal plain to southern Florida and westward to eastern Louisiana. The principal habitat of the gopher frog is longleaf pine-turkey oak sandhill, but it also inhabits xeric to mesic longleaf pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, and xeric oak hammock. Gopher frogs typically breed in circular or near circular, ephemeral to semipermanent graminoid-dominated wetlands found within these communities. The gopher frog has been documented on several military installations in the Southeast This document is one of a series of 'Species Profiles' being developed for threatened, endangered, and sensitive species inhabiting southeastern United States plant communities. The work is being conducted as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). The report is designed to supplement information provided in plant community management reports for major United States plant communities found on military installations.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FACILITIES, *ENDANGERED SPECIES, *FROGS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, UNITED STATES, COASTAL REGIONS, PROFILES, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, WETLANDS, HABITATS, NORTH CAROLINA, WILDLIFE, SOUTH(DIRECTION), FLORIDA, ECOLOGY, PLANTS(BOTANY), LOUISIANA.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE