New York Natural Heritage Program
Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog
Lithobates kauffeldi Feinberg, Newman, Watkins-Colwell, Schlesinger, Zarate, Curry, S
Amphibians

Threats [-]
Loss and fragmentation of wetlands, chytrid fungus (a fungus that has caused frog mortality nationwide), the expansion of bullfrogs, and invasion of wetlands by the common reed Phragmites are potential threats. No studies have been published that identify threats to populations of this species.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Preservation of large wetlands and reduced use of pesticides are likely to help this frog. It is difficult to give specific management guidance because the species is newly discovered and only the basics of its distribution and ecology are known.

Research Needs [-]
Research needs include investigation of spatiotemporal habitat partitioning and potential hybridization in areas of overlap with southern leopard frogs and to a lesser degree, northern leopard frogs. In addition, a description of the tadpole and egg mass of this species is needed. Research into causes of decline is needed as well.