Heleophryne hewitti Boycott, 1988

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Heleophrynidae > Genus: Heleophryne > Species: Heleophryne hewitti

Heleophryne hewitti Boycott, 1988, Ann. Cape Prov. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), 16: 310. Holotype: AMG A 621, by original designation; now PEM A11156 according to Conradie, Branch, and Watson, 2015, Zootaxa, 3936: 60–61. Type locality: "Upper reaches of the Geelhoutboom River, Loerie Forest Reserve, Elandsberg Mountains (3325 CC Loerie), Eastern Cape Province, South Africa . . . . 33° 47′ 54 S, 25° 03′ 43 E. Alt. 420 m".

English Names

Hewitt's Ghost Frog (Boycott, 1988, in Branch (ed.), South Afr. Red Data Book, Amph. Rept.: 33; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 109).

Hewitt's African Ghost Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51).


Restricted to five perennial rivers (4 with their headwaters in the Elandsberg Range and one in the Cockscomb Mountains), Eastern Cape Province, Rep. South Africa, 400–550 m elevation

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: South Africa

Endemic: South Africa


See accounts by Boycott, 1988, in Branch (ed.), South Afr. Red Data Book, Amph. Rept.: 33-34, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 109, Boycott, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 97-100, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 204. 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: 237. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 170–171, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 52–53, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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