Sooglossus sechellensis
family: Sooglossidae

© 2010 Dr. Justin Gerlach (1 of 2)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


The males are generally smaller than the females, and have an average snout-vent length between 16.4 and 17.7 mm.
Male calls are complex and consist of a single primary note, followed by four secondary notes. The dominant frequency of the primary note is approximately 2660 Hz.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Seychelles

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S. sechellensis is confined to relatively wet, small forests of 2 small islands, Mahe (14,480 ha) and Silhouette (1600 ha) of the Seychelles Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It has been found between altitudes of 240 and 984 m.
It is mostly a forest litter species, found in accumulations of cinnamon, Northea, or bois rouge leaves.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
During amplexus, the female deposits the eggs in a terrestrial nest site, where it is thought that they are then guarded by the male. When they hatch, the tadpoles climb onto the male's back until they undergo metamorphisis.


Nussbaum, R. A. (1984). ''Amphibians of the Seychelles.'' Biogeography and Ecology of the Seychelles Islands. D.R. Stoddart , eds., Dr. W. Junk Publishers, Boston, 379-415.

Nussbaum, R. A., Jaslow, A., and Watson, J. (1982). ''Vocalization in frogs of the family Sooglossidae.'' Journal of Herpetology, 16(3), 198-203.

Written by Franziska Sandmeier (franturtle AT, UC Berkeley
First submitted 2001-03-19
Edited by Vance Vredenburg (2001-12-18)

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