Breviceps namaquensis
Namaqua rain frog
family: Brevicipitidae
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: Namibia, South Africa


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs along the Namaqualand coast of South Africa, and in adjacent sandy inland areas, from the Gariep (Orange) River south to the Langebaan area. It is a lowland species.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a fossorial species that lives in scrub-covered sandy areas in the succulent karroo biome. It breeds by direct development, and is not associated with water.


It is a locally abundant species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is some agricultural expansion in the south of its range, which might be impacting this species.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Breviceps namaquensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T57717A3062461. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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