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Heleophrynidae - Ghost Frogs


 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Subphylum: Vertebrata
 Class: Amphibia
 Order: Anura 
 Family: Heleophrynidae

Eastern Ghost FrogThere are six species in this family of small to medium-sized frogs, They are found on or under the rocks in in fast-moving mountain streams in the southern tip of South Africa.

Ghost frogs have thin skin over their stomachs, and you can see their internal organs and muscles! They have webbed feet, and their toes and fingers have broad tips that they use to cling to slippery rocks. Ghost frogs are around 2.5 inches in length and have flat bodies that make it easy for them to crawl into rocky crevices.

Ghost frog tadpoles have sucker-like mouths that they use to cling to rocks in the rushing water. It takes as long as two years for ghost frog tadpoles to become frogs.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info
Hewitt's Ghost Frog - Heleophryne hewitti Endangered Africa More Info
Natal Ghost Frog - Heleophryne natalensis Least Concern Africa
Eastern Ghost Frog - Heleophryne orientalis Least Concern Africa
More Info

  Purcell's Ghost Frog - Heleophryne purcelli Least Concern Africa More Info
Royal Ghost Frog - Heleophryne regis Least Concern Africa More Info
Table Mountain Ghost Frog - Heleophryne rosei Critically Endangered Africa More Info

Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Eastern Ghost Frog - Heleophryne orientalis profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The eastern ghost frog is found in the Eastern Langeberg Mountains in South Africa.
Source: AmphibiaWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Hewitt's Ghost Frog - Heleophryne hewitti Photos Endangered Africa
Hewitt's ghost frog is found in South Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hewitt's Ghost Frog - Heleophryne hewitti profile Photos Endangered Africa
Hewitt's ghost frog stays hidden in holes or rock crevices during the day.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Purcell's Ghost Frog - Heleophryne purcelli Photos Least Concern Africa
Purcell's ghost frog is found in the the Western Cape Province in South Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Purcell's Ghost Frog - Heleophryne purcelli profile Least Concern Africa
Purcell's ghost frog is found in heathlands and forests.
Source: AmphibiaWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Royal Ghost Frog - Heleophryne regis profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The royal ghost frog is found in the coastal mountain ranges of the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa.
Source: AmphibiaWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Table Mountain Ghost Frog - Heleophryne rosei profile Photos Critically Endangered Africa
The Table Mountain ghost frog is found only found on Table Mountain in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Table Mountain Ghost Frog - Heleophryne rosei Photos Critically Endangered Africa
The Table Mountain ghost frog has a squat body that helps it hide in rock crevices.
Source: AmphibiaWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Table Mountain Ghost Frog - Heleophryne rosei profile Photos Critically Endangered Africa
The Table Mountain ghost frog is threatened by disease, the spread of non-native plants, tourism, and fire.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No