Breviceps adspersus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Breviceps adspersus
Species Authority: Peters, 1882
Common Name(s):
English Common Rain Frog
Taxonomic Notes: This species hybridises in places with Breviceps mossambicus, leading to confusion about its distributional limits (Poynton and Broadley 1985). Breviceps adspersus pentheri in the Eastern Cape might be a distinct species L. Minter pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-17
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A., Harrison, J., Poynton, J. & Minter, L.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from northwestern Angola, through northern Namibia, southwestern Zambia, much of Botswana and Zimbabwe, to southern Mozambique, Swaziland, and South Africa as far south as Eastern Cape Province. It generally occurs below 1,400 m asl.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of dry savannah woodland and bush land, also occurring in agricultural areas and towns. It avoids montane grassland and forest. It breeds by direct development, and is not associated with water.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is an adaptable species that is not significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Breviceps adspersus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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