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Heleophryne hewitti (Hewitt's Ghost Frog)

Wikipedia Abstract

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. Tadpoles are more readily seen and take two years to develop fully.
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Heleophryne hewitti

EDGE Analysis

Hewitt’s 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) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 41.94
EDGE Score: 6.53
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Litter Size [1]  147
Litters / Year [1]  1
Snout to Vent Length [1]  1.968 inches (5 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Montane fynbos and renosterveld South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Baviaanskloof Conservation Area Provincial Nature Reserve 67336 South Africa  
Longmore State Forest DWAF Forest Area 10000 South Africa  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cape Floristic Region South Africa No

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF 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
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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