> 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 South Africa. Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, and rivers. This is a very endangered species. It is threatened by habitat loss.
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)
Montane fynbos and renosterveld
Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Species recognized by , , in
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org
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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
Range map provided by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Conservation International & NatureServe.