Breviceps fichus Channing and Minter, 2004

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

Breviceps fichus Channing and Minter, 2004, Afr. J. Herpetol., 53: 148. Holotype: MHNG 2645.38, by original designation. Type locality: "Kigwembimbi, Iringa District, Tanzania".

English Names

Highland Rain Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 217).


Grasslands above 1500 m elevation in the Iringa region of Tanzania, possibly to the West Usambara Mountains 400 km to the northeast.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Tanzania

Endemic: Tanzania


See accounts by Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 217-218, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 112-113. See comments on range based on call recordings by Loader, Poynton, Lawson, Blackburn, and Menegon, 2011, Fieldiana, Life Earth Sci., 4: 95. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 80–81, provided a brief account for the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. 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. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 118–119, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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