Heleophryne regis
Royal ghost frog
family: Heleophrynidae

© 1998 Miguel Vences and Frank Glaw (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: South Africa



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is endemic to the coastal mountain ranges of the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa, from the Huis and Pederberg Rivers in the Outeniqua Mountains in the west, eastwards along the Tsitsikamma and Kareedouw mountain ranges to the Krom River Forest Reserve in the east. Its altitudinal range is 230-790 m asl. Its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in fynbos heathland and forest. It breeds in fast-flowing streams in the mountains. The tadpoles take two years to develop.


There is little information, but it is probably locally common.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Much of the range is protected, but some afforestation is taking place. Other threats include siltation of streams, and perhaps fires taking place too frequently.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be seriously threatened and it has a presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Heleophryne regis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T55276A3027052. .Downloaded on 20 February 2019


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