CAJUN CHORUS FROG
Pseudacris fouquettei Lemmon, Lemmon, Collins, Cannatella (2008)
sū-dā'-krĭs — fō-kĕt-ī


Conservation Status:

State: None

Federal: None
NatureServe State: SNA - Not Applicable
NatureServe National: N5 - Secure
NatureServe Global: G5 - Secure
CITES: None

An adult Cajun Chorus Frog. © Emily Lemmon.
An adult Cajun Chorus Frog. © Emily Lemmon.

Description:
Adult Cajun Chorus Frogs are light brown above with three darker brown stripes along the back. When stripes are not present there are typically three sets of dark spots forming rows along the back, or some individuals will be patternless except for leg markings. The back varies from light gray to tan with a slight pinkish hue. There may be gold flecking on the back. A bright iridescent white labial stripe extends beyond the eye to just behind the tympanum. The pupil is dark brown with a bronze-gold iris. There is also a wide reddish-brown stripe that extends laterally from the tip of the snout along the flank just anterior to the hindlimbs. Hindlimbs are tan to medium brown with dark brown transverse bars. Variation has been observed in the number (2-15) and intensity of the leg bars. The ventral surface is cream colored with occasional dark flecks and the throat is yellowish-brown.

Distribution:
The Cajun Chorus Frog is found throughout Louisiana, Arkansas, eastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, western Mississippi, and into extreme southern Missouri. Moriarty et al. (2007) reported this species from Osage County, Oklahoma, at a locality 32 miles south of the Kansas border. It may ultimately be discovered in Kansas between Elgin and Caney.
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Natural History:
Primarily diurnal, they are active throughout their breeding season. Breeding generally occurs from February through May in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Breeding activity occurs from 4°-21°C, typically after rainfall. Breeding and courtship usually occur in shallow temporary pools and flooded fields where there is emergent vegetation. Males sit concealed within the grasses to produce advertisement calls. The advertisement call of Pseudacris fouquettei generally resembles that of other chorus frogs. This call can be imitated by rubbing one's thumb along a stiff comb. P. fouquettei has a slower call rate and a longer call length than P. maculata.

Occurrence Activity:
The blue dates denote chorusing actity. The red dates are other occurrences. The darker a date is, the greater the relative number of observations for that date.
Chorusing:

Audio recording by Keith Coleman.

Chorusing Phenology: The black outlined dots denote the Julian date (day of the year; 1 January = 1 to 31 December = 365) an observation was made. The thin red line depicts the range of dates between the beginning of the first, and end of the fourth quartile (excluding outliers; Tukey method). The thick light blue bar represents the second and third quartile (interquartile range; the middle 50% of all observations). Only one observation per Julian date is included in the graphs; so a date with multiple observations carries the same weight as a date with only one observation. The vertical bars correspond to the 12 months of the year; January through December.
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Remarks:
Pseudacris fouquettei was previously regarded as part of a wide-ranging chorus frog complex. It was previously listed under Pseudacris feriarum or Pseudacris maculata in various parts of its distribution.

Bibliography:
1950 Smith, Hobart M. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of Kansas. University of Kansas, Museum of Natural History, Miscellaneous Publication (2):336
1974 Collins, Joseph T. Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Public Education Series (1):283 pp
1982 Collins, Joseph T. Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas. 2nd edition. University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Public Education Series (8):
1982 Collins, Joseph T. Report to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission on the status of three amphibians in southeastern Kansas. Kansas Fish and Game Commission, Pratt. 57pp.
1991 Conant, Roger and Joseph T. Collins. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. pp.
1993 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas. Third Edition. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Lawrence. 397pp.
1998 Conant, Roger and Joseph T. Collins. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. 3rd ed, expanded. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. pp.
2002 Kingsbury, Bruce and Joanna Gibson. Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midwest. Publication of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Address not given. 152pp.
2007 Moriarty-Lemmon, Emily. Patterns and Processes of Speciation in North American Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris). Dissertation. University of Texas, Austin. 304pp.
2008 Moriarty-Lemmon, Emily, Alan R. Lemmon, Joseph T. Collins, and David C. Cannatella A new North American chorus frog species (Amphibia: Hylidae: Pseudacris) from the south-central United States. Zootaxa (1675):1-30
2008 Taggart, Travis W. KHS 2008 spring field trip. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (25):2-3
2010 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart. Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles of Kansas Eagle Mountain Publishing., Provo, Utah. 400pp.
2011 Taggart, Travis W. Kansas Herpetological Society 2011 spring field trip to beheld in Chautauqua County. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (37):5-7
2016 Powell, Robert, Roger Conant, and Joseph T. Collins. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston. 494pp.
2017 Taggart, Travis W. and J. Daren Riedle. A Pocket Guide to Kansas Amphibians, Turtles and Lizards. Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita, Kansas. 69pp.
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