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).


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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