Breviceps namaquensis Power, 1926

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

Breviceps namaquensis Power, 1926, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 20: 465. Syntypes: SAM (2 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Port Nolloth, Namaqualand", Northern Cape Province, Rep. South Africa.

English Names

Namaqua Rain Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 4; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 98; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 222; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 122).

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


Namaqualand coast of from the Orange River (border with Namibia) and Rep. South Africa south to the Melkbos District in the Western Cape Province; expected in extreme southern Namibia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: South Africa

Likely/Controversially Present: Namibia

Endemic: South Africa


See accounts by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 222, Braack, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 186–187, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 122–123. 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.: 120–121, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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