Checklist of amphibians of France

Updated 6/04/2015

Note on the update: I changed the genus name of Bufo calamita and Bufo viridis respectively to Epidelea and Bufotes, and added a reference (Vences, 2015).

This list is made after the following references :

Bour R., Cheylan M., Crochet P.-A., Geniez P., Guyétant R., Haffner P., Ineich I., Naulleau G., Ohler A. & Lescure J. 2008 .Liste taxinomique actualisée des Amphibiens et Reptiles de France. Bulletin de la Société herpétologique de France, 126 : 37-43

- Carranza S. & Amat F. 2005. Taxonomy, biogeography and evolution of Euproctus (Amphibia: Salamandridae), with the resurrection of the genus Calotriton and the description of a new endemic species from the Iberian Peninsula. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 145: 555-582 
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- Duguet R. & Melki F. 2003. Les Amphibiens de France, Belgique & Luxembourg. Biotope, Mèze, 480 p.

- Frost D.R., Grant T., Faivovich J., Bain R. H., Haas A., Haddad C.F.B., De Sa R.O., Channing A., Wilkinson M., Donnellan S.C., Raxworthy C.J., Campbell J.A., Blotto B. L., Moler P., Drewes R.C., Nussbaum R.A., Lynch J.D., Green D.M. & Wheeler W.C. 2006. The Amphian Tree of Life. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 1-370 - click for pdf

- Garcia Paris M., Montori A. & Herrero P. (eds.) 2004. Fauna Iberica vol. 24. Amphibia. Lissamphibia. Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. CSIC, Madrid, 639 p.

- Lescure J. 2008. Note explicative à la liste taxinomique actualisée des Amphibiens et Reptiles de France. Bulletin de la Société herpétologique de France, 126 : 25-36

- Speybroeck J. & Crochet P.-A. 2007. Species list of the European herpetofauna - a tentative update. Pod@rcis, 8 (1/2): 8-34

Speybroeck J., Beukema W. & Crochet P.-A. 2010. A tentative species list of the European herpetofauna (Amphibia and Reptilia) - an update. Zootaxa, 2492: 1-27.

- Stöck M., Dubey S., Klütsch C., Litvinchuk S. N., Scheidt U. & Perrin N., 2008. Mitochondrial and nuclear phylogeny of circum-Mediterranean tree frogs from the Hyla arborea group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 49: 1019-1024.

- Stöck M., Dufresnes C., Litvinchuk S.N., Lymberakis P., Biollay S., Berroneau M., Borzée A., Ghali K., Ogielska M. & Perrin N. 2012. Cryptic diversity among Western Palearctic tree frogs: Postglacial range expansion, range limits, and secondary contacts of three European tree frog lineages (Hyla arborea group). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 65: 1-9.

- Vences M. 2007. The Amphibian Tree of Life: Ideologie, Chaos oder biologische Realität? Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie, 14 (2): 153-162.

- Vences M. 2015. Die Gattungszuordnung von Wechselkröte und Kreuzkröte und die Konsolidierung der wissenschaftlichen Benennung europäischer Amphibien.
Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie, 22 (1): 11-24

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Species noted with an * only occur in Corsica.



Hydromantes strinatii  (Aellen, 1958)

Family: Salamandridae

Calotriton asper (Dugès, 1852)

Euproctus montanus (Savi, 1838)*

Salamandra atra Laurenti, 1768

Salamandra corsica Savi, 1838*

Salamandra lanzai Nascetti, Andreone, Capula & Bullini, 1988

Salamandra salamandra (Linnaeus, 1758)

Ichthyosaura alpestris (Laurenti, 1768)

Lissotriton helveticus (Razoumowsky, 1789)

Lissotriton vulgaris  (Linnaeus, 1758)

Triturus carnifex (Laurenti, 1768) - introduced

updated 14/08/2011
Triturus cristatus (Laurenti, 1768)

Triturus marmoratus (Latreille, 1800)


Alytes obstetricans (Laurenti, 1768)

Discoglossus montalentii Lanza, Nascetti, Capula & Bullini, 1984*

Discoglossus pictus Otth, 1837 - introduced

Discoglossus sardus Tschudi, 1837


Bombina variegata (Linnaeus, 1758)


Pelobates cultripes (Cuvier, 1829)

Pelobates fuscus (Laurenti, 1768)


Pelodytes punctatus (Daudin, 1802)


Bufo bufo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Epidalea calamita (Laurenti, 1768)

Bufotes viridis (Laurenti, 1768)


Hyla arborea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Hyla meridionalis Boettger, 1874

Hyla molleri Bedriaga, 1889

Hyla sarda (De Betta, 1857)*


Xenopus laevis (Daudin, 1802) - introduced


Rana arvalis Nilsson, 1842

Rana dalmatina Fitzinger in; Bonaparte, 1838

Rana pyrenaica Serra Cobo, 1993

Rana temporaria Linnaeus, 1758

Lithobates catesbeianus (Shaw, 1802) - introduced

Pelophylax kl. esculentus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Pelophylax kl. grafi (Crochet, Dubois, Ohler & Tunner, 1995)

Pelophylax lessonae (Camerano, 1882)

Pelophylax perezi (Seoane, 1885)

Pelophylax ridibundus (Pallas, 1771) - introduced in some localities