Breviceps macrops Boulenger, 1907

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

Breviceps macrops Boulenger, 1907, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 20: 46. Syntypes: BMNH (3 specimens exchanged from SAM), by original designation, this including 1907.6. (reregistered 1947.2.11.96); BMNH 1907.6.12.1 noted as "Type" by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 196, which does not equate to a lectotype designation. Type locality: "Namaqualand", Rep. South Africa.

English Names

Desert Rain Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 100; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 218; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 116).

Melkpadda (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 100).

Web-footed Rain Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 4).

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


Coast of Little Namaqualand from just south of Kleinsee (extreme western Rep. South Africa) to Lüderitz (extreme southwestern Namibia).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Namibia, South Africa


See accounts by De Villiers, 1988, in Branch (ed.), South Afr. Red Data Book, Amph. Rept.: 116-118, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 218-219, and Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 180-182, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 116-117. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 446. Channing and Wahlberg, 2011, Afr. J. Herpetol., 60: 101-112, reported on life history, conservation status, and distribution. 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.: 118–119, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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