Heleophryne purcelli
Purcell's ghost frog
family: Heleophrynidae
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 Western Cape Province in South Africa, from the Cederberg in the north, south to the Hex River, Du Toit's Kloof, Hottentots Holland and Klein River Mountains, and eastwards along the Riviersonderend and Langeberg Mountains to the vicinity of Ashton and Montagu. It altitudinal range is 60-1,770 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 perennial streams in forested gorges of the southwestern Cape mountains. The tadpoles take two years to develop.


It is a locally common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is not significantly threatened. Locally, there are some impacts from alien species introductions (but less in the Langeberg than some other places), a small amount of afforestation, and 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.

Taxonomic Notes

This species might include Heleophryne orientalis (L. Minter pers. comm.).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Heleophryne purcelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T55275A3026942. .Downloaded on 16 January 2019


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