> Heleophryne hewitti
Heleophryne hewitti (Hewitt's Ghost Frog)
The Hewitt's ghost frog (Heleophryne hewitti) is a species of frog in the Heleophrynidae family.It is endemic to Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.Its natural habitat is fynbos heathland and grassy fynbos. Adults are difficult to see but live in or near fast-flowing perennial rivers and streams where they also breed. Each female lays up to 200 eggs.
Hewitts ghost frog is a very attractive frog adapted to life in fast-flowing mountain streams and rivers. It is a member of one of the most ancient families of the Neobatrachia (the modern frogs and toads). Adults remain concealed in holes or rock cracks during the day, emerging at night to feed or mate during the breeding season (October to January). This species is threatened by habitat destruction and degradation as a result of logging, pine plantations, fires, the construction of water storage reservoirs/dams/roads, soil erosion, stream siltation, the introduction of predatory fish, and intensive ecotourism. The virulent fungal disease chytridiomycosis, responsible for catastrophic amphibian declines globally, also threatens this species.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0)
Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 41.94
EDGE Score: 6.53
Montane fynbos and renosterveld
Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation
. Science, 342, 803–805