> Heleophryne rosei
Heleophryne rosei (Table Mountain Ghost Frog)
The Rose's ghost frog or Table Mountain ghost frog (Heleophryne rosei) is a species of frog in the Heleophrynidae family. It is endemic to South Africa. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rivers, and caves. It is threatened by habitat loss.
The Table Mountain ghost frog is only found on Table Mountain, occupying an area of only 7-8 km sq. on the slopes of Table Mountain. This species is adapted to life in fast-flowing mountain streams. Their tadpoles possess sucker-like mouthparts, which they can use to climb up wet, vertical rock surfaces around their streams at night. Adults have been found to stray from streams and have frequently been seen in caves. Numerous threats to this species include the spread of non-native vegetation, frequent fires, heavy ecotourism, and the construction of water storage reservoirs. The virulent fungal disease chytridiomycosis has been found in this species recently and populations are declining fast.
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Montane fynbos and renosterveld
Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Cape Peninsula National Park;
Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites
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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.