Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Global Range: (5000-20,000 square km (about 2000-8000 square miles)) Peninsular Florida from about Gainesville south to Miami, but not found on the Florida Keys (Kimball, 1965). Current distribution uncertain, but possibly the same. Doulgas Ferguson and Tim McCabe could provide no recent records. Schweitzer has not seen specimens. Other recent collections need to be checked both regarding identity and range of this taxon.
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N3 - Vulnerable
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: GU - Unrankable
Reasons: Apparently no specimens collected in recent decades. Lack of current status information, potential and actual threats from agricultural conversion, especially citrus and pine plantations?, as well as housing and commercial development.
Comments: Threats include agricultural conversion, housing or commercial development of habitats, and lack of good current status information. More information is need on the species present status and precise whereabouts in order to be more precise about threats to the species.
Names and Taxonomy
Comments: This name appears in various lists and Kimball (1965) cites Franclemont that it is a valid species. Forbes (1948) also notes that the usual application of the name to the red form of D. ranaeceps is wrong. This may be a synonym of D. robusta, at least as that name is applied by Kimball and most others. Both taxa appear to be confined to Florida or nearly so (Schweitzer, pers. comm.).