Hadromophryne natalensis
Natal Ghost Frog
family: Heleophrynidae

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



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges throughout the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains in South Africa and Lesotho and along the eastern escarpment of South Africa and Swaziland. Its altitudinal range is 580-2,675 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in montane forest and grassland. It breeds in fast-flowing perennial forested streams. It is always associated with permanent streams because the tadpole takes two years to develop.


It is a common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threats are afforestation, siltation of streams, damming of mountain rivers, water extraction and the introduction of trout.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Hadromophryne natalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T55273A3026703. .Downloaded on 20 February 2019


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