Breviceps bagginsi Minter, 2003

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

Breviceps bagginsi Minter, 2003, Afr. J. Herpetol., 52: 16. Holotype: TMP 70410, by original designation. Type locality: "17 km north-east of Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal (28° 30′ 43″ S, 31° 14′ 52″ E, alt. 1200 m). The type locality is a grassy, roadside verge bordering a Eucalyptus plantation, at the intersection of a road running northwards from Nkandla and the main road between Melmoth and Babanango".

English Names

Bilbo's Rain Frog (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 110).


Melmoth-Bananango and Boston districts of KwaZulu-Natal, Rep. South Africa, in primary forest at 900–1400 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: South Africa

Endemic: South Africa


Advertisement call and external morphology detailed in the original publication. See accounts by Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 174–175, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 110–111. In the Breviceps mossambicus group of Nielsen, Daniels, Conradie, Heinicke, and Noonan, 2018, J. Biogeograph., 45: 2067–2079, who reported on molecular phylogenetics and biogeography. Phaka, Netherlands, Kruger, and Du Preez, 2017, Bilingual Field Guide Frogs Zululand: 23, provided a photograph, Zululand regional map, and a brief account of life history and identification. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 116–117, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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