Breviceps acutirostris Poynton, 1963

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Brevicipitidae > Genus: Breviceps > Species: Breviceps acutirostris

Breviceps acutirostris Poynton, 1963, Ann. Natal Mus., 15: 321. Holotype: AMG 5507, by original designation; now PEM A1540 according to Conradie, Branch, and Watson, 2015, Zootaxa, 3936: 50. Type locality: "Swellendam Mountains", southwestern Western Cape Province, Rep. South Africa.

English Names

Strawberry Rain Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 4; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 88; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 106).

Cape Short-headed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 87).


Mountains of the southwestern Cape region, Western Cape Province, Rep. South Africa.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: South Africa

Endemic: South Africa


See account by Harrison, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 170–171, who noted the potential for confusion with Breviceps fuscus. Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 106–107, provided a brief account.  In the Breviceps gibbosus group of Nielsen, Daniels, Conradie, Heinicke, and Noonan, 2018, J. Biogeograph., 45: 2067–2079, who reported on molecular phylogenetics and biogeography. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 116–117, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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