Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Edible Frog

Pelophylax kl. esculentus


The Edible Frog (Pelophylax kl. esculentus) is a name for a common European frog, also known as the common water frog or green frog (however, this latter term is also used for the North American species Lithobates clamitans). It is used for food, particularly in France for the delicacy frog legs. Females are between 5 to 9 cm long, males between 6 to 11 cm. Pelophylax esculentus is the fertile hybrid of the Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae) and the Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibundus), hence the addition of the "kl." (for klepton or synklepton) in the species name. During the ice ages[clarification needed] the population of the common ancestor of both species was split into two. These populations diverged, but remained genetically close enough to be able to create fertile hybrids. However, when edible frogs mate with each other, their offspring are often misformed, so there are no pure populations of edible frogs. The hybrid populations are propagated by female edible frogs mating with males of one of the parental species.


Lake near forest

1 Species ID Suggestions

zulkifly 9 years ago
Edible/ Water Frog
Pelophylax kl. esculentus Edible Frog

Sign in to suggest organism ID


NicoleB 9 years ago

Me neither. I did like frog legs, I admit. Not sure if I do any more :)

zulkifly 9 years ago

ur welcome.. although its call edible... i dont want to eat it.. =D

NicoleB 9 years ago

Thanks, Anne!

I think you got it right, zulkifly!

zulkifly 9 years ago

from the color and spot on his body and leg, i think this is Edible Frog.

AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

Handsome chap!

Spotted by

Rinyaszentkirály, Dunántúl, Hungary

Spotted on Jun 24, 2006
Submitted on Aug 16, 2011

Related Spottings

Pelophylax ridibunda Frog Rana Verde Rã comum

Nearby Spottings

Golden cup Russula olivacea Spotting Spotting


Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team