Black rain frog

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Black Rain Frog
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Brevicipitidae
Genus: Breviceps
B. fuscus
Binomial name
Breviceps fuscus
Hewitt, 1925

The black rain frog (Breviceps fuscus) is a species of frogs in the family Brevicipitidae.[2] It is endemic to South Africa.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is only found on the southern slopes of the Cape Fold Belt from Swellendam to the Outeniqua Mountains, at elevations of up to 1000 m. It inhabits fynbos and forest fringes and does not require the presence of open water.[1]


Black rain frog young show direct development. The frog keeps its tail as it evolves from a tadpole to a mature frog.[1] Shortly after growing legs, the juvenile is in constant competition with its siblings.[citation needed]

Behavioral Adaptations[edit]

The Black Rain frog likes to create tunnels up to 150 mm deep. It can blow itself up like a balloon, as a defense mechanism to make itself harder to be eaten. It does this while tunneling, in order to prevent itself from being removed.


  1. ^ a b c IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2013). "Breviceps fuscus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Names described as 'Breviceps fuscus'". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Retrieved 30 November 2013.