AmphibiaWeb - Sooglossus sechellensis


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Sooglossus sechellensis (Boettger, 1896)
family: Sooglossidae
genus: Sooglossus

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None
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View Bd and Bsal data (3 records).

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


View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.
View Bd and Bsal data (3 records).
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.

Originally submitted by: Franziska Sandmeier (first posted 2001-03-19)
Edited by: Vance T. Vredenburg (2001-12-18)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2001 Sooglossus sechellensis <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 13, 2024.

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