Heleophryne Sclater, 1898

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Heleophrynidae > Genus: Heleophryne
6 species

Heleophryne Sclater, 1898, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 1: 110. Type species: Heleophryne purcelli Sclater, 1898, by monotypy.

English Names

Ghost Frogs (Rose, 1950, Rep. Amph. S. Afr.: 110; Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 99; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 3; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 50; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 51; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 200).

Torrent Frogs (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 14).


Mountainous areas of the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of Rep. South Africa.


Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17:36-41, and Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 50-57, summarized the biology of these frogs. The Cape species were reviewed by Boycott, 1982, Ann. Cape Prov. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), 14: 89-108. See also taxonomic comments by Boycott, 1988, Ann. Cape Prov. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), 16: 317. See Branch, 1995, Afr. Herp News, 23: 38-39, for date of publication. Boycott, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 95-97, provided an overview (see species records below for related species accounts). See comment under Hadromophryne. Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 200-213, provided a key and accounts for the species. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 170–176, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

Contained taxa (6 sp.):

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