Vol. 15 No. 2 (2020): Acta Herpetologica 15(2) 2020
Articles

Potential effects of climate change on the distribution of invasive bullfrogs Lithobates catesbeianus in China

Li Qing Peng
Ecological Security and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, China
Min Tang
Ecological Security and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, China
Jia Hong Liao
Ecological Security and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, China
Hai Fen Qing
Ecological Security and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, China
Zhen Kun Zhao
Ecological Security and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, China
David A. Pike
Department of Biology, Rhodes College, Memphis Tennessee 38111, USA
Wei Chen
Ecological Security and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, China
Published December 8, 2020
Keywords
  • Bullfrog,
  • climate change,
  • environmental limitations,
  • invasive species,
  • potential distribution,
  • species distribution model
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How to Cite
Peng, L. Q., Tang, M., Liao, J. H., Qing, H. F., Zhao, Z. K., Pike, D. A., & Chen, W. (2020). Potential effects of climate change on the distribution of invasive bullfrogs Lithobates catesbeianus in China. Acta Herpetologica, 15(2), 87-94. https://doi.org/10.13128/a_h-9670

Abstract

Climate plays important roles in determining the geographical distribution of species, including the invasion area of alien species. Little is known, however, about the influence of climate change on the distribution area of invasive amphibian species in China. We adopted a maximum entropy model to predict the potential suitable invasive range of invasive bullfrogs Lithobates catesbeianus in China under two future climate scenarios in 2050 and 2070. Our results reveal that bullfrogs were mainly distributed in East and Central China at present, and the suitable area for the species may decrease in future. This suggests that climate change may negatively impact this alien-invasive species.

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