Breviceps mossambicus
Mozambique rain frog
family: Brevicipitidae

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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: Botswana, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from northeastern Tanzania south to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, through southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Outside South Africa, the distribution of the species is poorly known especially in Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. It might occur in eastern Angola. It occurs from sea level up to 1,800 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is found in a variety of habitats including open woodland and grassland, and mountain slopes, generally in moister areas. It can adapt to modified habitats. It breeds by direct development, and is not associated with water.


It is a common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is an adaptable species, and is not facing any significant threats.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.

Taxonomic Notes

This species hybridises in places with Breviceps adspersus, leading to confusion about its distributional limits (Poynton and Broadley 1985). Some specimens previously referred to B. mossambicus have recently been separated to a new species, B. fichus (Channing and Minter, 2004).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Breviceps mossambicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T57716A3062310. .Downloaded on 20 January 2019


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