American bullfrog / Lithobates catesbeianus / formerly Rana catesbeiana, Vancouver Aquarium, BC, CANADA.
The American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is an aquatic frog, a member of the family Ranidae, or "true frogs". Photographed in the Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6G 3E2, CANADA. (Formerly classified as Rana catesbeiana, this species has been reclassified to Lithobates due to paraphyly/branching in its Ranidae family.) This frog has an olive green back and sides blotched with brownish markings and a whitish belly spotted with yellow or grey. The upper lip is often bright green and males have yellow throats. The bullfrog is harvested as food (frog legs) in North America, where it is the largest native frog. This frog is endemic to southern and eastern parts of the United States and Canada, but has been widely introduced across other parts of North, Central and South America, Western Europe, and parts of Asia where it is often regarded as an invasive species. Bullfrogs are used in biology classes in schools for dissection and are sometimes kept as pets, which is not recommended.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download