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Breviceps montanus
Mountain rain frog
family: Brevicipitidae

© 2004 Robert C. Drewes (1 of 2)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: South Africa

 

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From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Distribution

This diminutive species occurs widely in the Cape fold mountains of the Western Cape Province, from northeast of Clanwilliam, to the Outeniqua Mountains in the southeast. On the Cape Peninsula it occurs with B. gibbosus in some localities, and to the east its range coincides, in part, with that of B. acutirostris and B. fuscus. B. montanus probably occurs in a number of relatively inaccessible mountainous areas not surveyed (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Harrison, J.A.
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Habitat and Ecology

B. montanus is restricted to the Fynbos Biome, and usually occurs in Mountain Fynbos vegetation, but is also known from altered habitats such as pine plantations. It is usually found on coarse, acidic, sandy soils, but it is also known from heavier, shale-derived soils. It generally occurs at high altitudes but is also found at sea level in areas where mountains reach the coast (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Harrison, J.A.
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Advertisement Call

Calling occurs both at night and during the day, usually during and after rain showers in winter and spring (June–November), but dense mist may be sufficient to stimulate calling. Visser (1979) found males have been reported calling from vegetation above ground level (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Harrison, J.A.
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IUCN Red List Category and Justification of Conservation Status

B. montanus occurs in relatively undisturbed montane habitat, and it is found within a number of protected areas. It is not threatened and is probably secure for the foreseeable future (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Harrison, J.A.
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/