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Heleophryne regis
Royal ghost frog
family: Heleophrynidae

© 1998 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: South Africa

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Distribution

H. regis is endemic to coastal mountain ranges of Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa (Boycott 1982).


Author: Boycott, R.C.
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Habitat and Ecology

H. regis occurs in clear, slow- to swift-flowing streams, and is restricted to high-rainfall forest areas that receive 900–1200 mm p.a. (Boycott 1982). The recorded altitude for the species is 230–790 m (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Boycott, R.C.
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Associations

They are preyed upon by dragonfly nymphs (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Boycott, R.C.
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Metamorphosis

Metamorphs leave the water November–January, after c.12 months in the larval stage (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Boycott, R.C.
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Advertisement Call

Adult males call from positions close to waterfalls and cascades, but also from beneath rocks in slower flowing sections of streams (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Boycott, R.C.
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Reproduction

H. regis exhibits peak breeding in mid-summer (December–January) when river and stream flow is reduced.


Author: Boycott, R.C.
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IUCN Red List Category and Justification of Conservation Status

H. regis is secure at present (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Boycott, R.C.
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Conservation Actions and Management

The species’ habitat is relatively well protected in several private and public protected areas (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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