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Natal ghost frog(Hadromophryne natalensis) informations, facts - classicanimal.com


Natal ghost frog(Hadromophryne natalensis) is a freshwater habitat frog species native to South Africa, Swaziland. It is the only species in the genus Hadromophryne. It breeds in fast-flowing, perennial streams.

Information

Name

Their scientific name is Hadromophryne natalensis. Natal ghost frogs are also known as 'ghost frog'.

Common Name: Natal ghost frog
Scientific Name: Hadromophryne natalensis
Other Name: Ghost frog

Scientific Classification 

Natal ghost frog belongs to the family Heleophrynidae. Natal ghost frog is a small-sized frog species. There are seven different species in the world. Natal ghost frogs are widespread and common species. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: ‎Chordata
Class: ‎Amphibians
Order: Frogs
Genus:‎ ‎‎Heleophryne
Family:‎ ‎‎Heleophrynidae
Group: Frog
Number of Species: 7
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Living & Habitat

Natal ghost frogs are found in Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland. Natal ghost frogs are habitats such as montane forests and grasslands.

Living Locations: Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland
Habitat: Montane forests and Grasslands

Physical Classification

Natal ghost frog is a small-sized frog and whole body covers with rough skin. Their skin brown to black colored head to the backside of the body with the yellowish-green blotches. The males are larger than the females. An adult natal ghost frog length around  6 cm to 8 cm. Their weight around 75 g to 340 g. They can move at speed of up to 5 km/h.

Color: Brown, Black, Yellow, Green
Skin Type: Smooth
Weight: 75 g to 340 g (Approx)
Size: 6 cm to 8 cm
Top Speed: Up to 5 km/h (Approx)

Diet

Natal ghost frogs are mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat spiders, small insects. They have some natural predators like snakes, hawks.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Spiders, Small insects
Predators: Snakes, Hawks

Lifestyle

Their lifespan up to 2 years. Natal ghost frogs are diurnal, solitary frog species. They are very active in daylight. At the age of 5 to 6 months females, males are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 4 to 5 days. Natal ghost frog lay 50 to 200 eggs in a breeding season. The young natal ghost frog is called 'Tadpoles'. Those young spend one to two weeks with their mothers.

Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 2 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 5 to 6 Months
Incubation Period: 4 to 5 Days
Average Spawn Size: 50 to 200
Name of baby: Tadpoles
Age of Weaning: 1 to 2 Weeks

Short Facts

  • They are commonly called ghost frogs. The family has two genera, Heleophryne and Hadromophryne.

  • Natal ghost frog takes two years for tadpoles to become frogs.

  • They may also be closely related to the Australian Myobatrachids.

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