Mountain Chorus Frog Pseudacris brachyphona (Cope, 1889)Endangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  -  Vulnerable  -  Western MD only    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Anura   >   Family Hylidae   >   Genus Pseudacris   


Mountain Chorus Frog (Pseudacris brachyphona) is a small, squat variably-marked hylid of upland or mountainous habitats, ranging from Pennsylvania south through the Appalachians to Alabama. In Maryland, this frog is restricted to higher elevations in Garrett and Alleghany Counties. Due to its limited distribution, and severe declines across its range, it is ranked as S1 (highly state rare), and considered state-endangered and vulnerable (Maryland DNR site). This species spends much time in woods away from water, but returns in spring to small pools, temporary ponds, ditches, and even tire ruts to breed. The vocalization is a repeated creaking, rising trill, something like a raspy, sticking wagon wheel (Conant & Collins, 1998).

There are 17 records in the project database.

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A Mountain Chorus Frog in Menifee Co., Kentucky (6/13/2009). Photo by Andrew Hoffman. (MBP list)

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