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Frog: Spotted Shovel Nose

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PeterW
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Frog: Spotted Shovel Nose

Unread post by PeterW » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:21 pm

I have found a spotted shovel nose frog at my house in White River, Mpumalanga.

According to the book Frogs and Frogging in Southern Africa, by Vincent Carruthers it is quite far from its normal distribution area (coastal savanna pans in Natal). It is also classified as vulnerable in the Red Data List. Is there a group that would be interested in being aware of its occurrence in the Lowveld?

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fooble
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Re: Spotted Shovel Nose frog outside normal distribution area

Unread post by fooble » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:27 am

Do you perhaps have a photo of the frog?

Try get your hands on http://www.kalahari.net/books/A-Complete-Guide-to-the-Frogs-of-Southern-Africa-With-CDROM/632/34090322.aspx

They may have updated the distribution of the species.

I have the book just not with me at the moment.

Otherwise you may have find a very good find there.

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Re: Spotted Shovel Nose frog outside normal distribution area

Unread post by PeterW » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:58 pm

Image

Hopefully I have attached the image correctly.

Peter

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Re: Spotted Shovel Nose frog outside normal distribution area

Unread post by fooble » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:07 pm

That is diffeniately

Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog Hemisus guttatus.

Normal Distribution is Northern KZN as well as the Extreme South Of Mpumalanga as well as into Swaziland.

So perhaps now with the new litreture its possible they are aware of this species in Mpumalanga.

Thanks for posting great site and a very "special" frog.


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