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Natal ghost frog(Hadromophryne natalensis) informations, facts -

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.



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)


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


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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