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Frog: Cape Mountain Rain (Breviceps montanus)

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Unread postby Josh. W » Thu May 03, 2007 7:02 pm

I found this interesting frog on Table Mountain. If there are any frog experts around, maybe they can shed some light on it, it's not a great pic, but I believe it's either a Cape Rain Frog, Table Mountain Rain Frog (haha, ironic) or Strawberry Rain Frog, both of which occur on the forest floor, where i saw it.

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Are they rare, or am I one of many to see it?
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Unread postby Nannie » Mon May 28, 2007 7:51 pm

Can'nt help much but i saw this on the H4-2 just outside C.B. which is similar to the one you saw on T.M. i had a look in a "frog book" in cna, it id this as a Mozambique Rain Forest Toad, if this is correct i'm not sure.The 'frog book" was good but far to pricey for the use i'd put it to,it might help you.
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Unread postby gwendolen » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:06 am

DQ can you ask GP to ID the frog?

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:35 pm

Sorry for taking so long to react :redface: But rather late than never!
I'm 100% sure it's the Giant Rain Frog. Seen rarely except in Cape Town gardens after good rains where they adapted very well to suburban life. Brilliant pic by the way, no doubt bout the ID 8) Latin name = Breviceps Gibbosus. So named because of them having "no" head as you noticed. In Afrikaans "Blaasoppie" (Very direct translation = Blow-up) because it's so round. They make a horrible noise, that's the males, at night. A kind of irritating whistle.
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Frog: Cape Mountain Rain (Breviceps montanus)

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:57 pm

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He lives on Table Mountain, snapped by a friend.

Anyone know what it is please?
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Unread postby vanalder » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:25 pm

Perhaps this one? Looks somewhat close

http://www.leopardtoad.co.za/

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Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:03 am

WHAT A BEAUTY! :D

It is a type of Rain Frog. The body shape is un-mistakable.

I first thought that it is the Sand Rain Frog (Breviceps rosei). It lives in sandy soils in flat areas, dunes and also against hillsides. It calls from a concealed position amongst bushes, and has a continuous call of very quick cheeps. Reaches approx 40mm.

But I now think that it is rather the Cape Mountain Rain Frog (Breviceps montanus). This is a dark brown frog, with light patches fused in to a scalloped band with ridged edges down the back. Its habitat is stony, scrub-covered hillsides in Fynbos (Sound like Table Mountain!) Gives a short series of brief whistles.

The lack of a thin pale line down the back (i.e. Sand RF), dark colour, pattern on its back and habitat preference would indicate that it is the Cape Mountain Rain Frog.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:49 pm

Thanks a lot guys. Imberbe, my mate says it was 45mm long. He found it on the top of the western side of TM.
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