Natal ghost frog

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Natal ghost frog
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Heleophrynidae
Genus: Hadromophryne
Van Dijk, 2008
Species: H. natalensis
Binomial name
Hadromophryne natalensis
(Hewitt, 1913)
Synonyms

Heleophryne natalensis Hewitt, 1913

The Natal ghost frog (Hadromophryne natalensis) is a species of frog in the Heleophrynidae family. It is the only species in the Hadromophryne genus.[2]

Hadromophryne natalensis is found in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.[3] It is a common species inhabiting montane forests and grasslands. It breeds in fast-flowing, perennial streams. Because the larval development takes two years, permanent streams are required for reproduction. It is potentially threatened by modifications of its habitat caused by afforestation, damming and siltation of streams, and water extraction. It is also negatively affected by the introduced trout.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2013). "Heleophryne natalensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Hadromophryne Van Dijk, 2008". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Hadromophryne natalensis (Hewitt, 1913)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 15 March 2014.