Goliath frog, Giant frog
© 1981 Theodore Papenfuss (1 of 2)
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea
C. goliath is found in rapids and cascades of rivers with a sandy bottom and clean, slightly tannic, oxygen-rich waters. The surrounding vegetation can be described as West African (congolid) rainforest. A particular species of plant, Dicraea warmingii warmingii, always covers the rocks among the cascades and rapids and is the exclusive food source of the tadpoles in the first weeks of larval development.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
BioGraphic featured Goliath frogs in an article on their conservation status and efforts to start ex situ rearing of this endangered species (Ruoso 2018).
Relation to Humans
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Ruoso, Cyril. “Taking Down Goliath.” Biographic.com, 8 Mar. 2018, www.biographic.com/posts/sto/taking-down-goliath.
Sabater-Pi, J. (1985). ''Contribution to the biology of the Giant Frog (Conraua goliath, Boulenger).'' Amphibia-Reptilia, 6(2), 143-153.
Written by Franziska Sandmeier (franturtle AT yahoo.com), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2001-02-26
Edited by Kellie Whittaker, updated Michelle Koo (2018-03-18)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2018 Conraua goliath: Goliath frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/4691> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jan 18, 2019.
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