Species accounts

Atlas and Red Data Book of the Frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. 2004. Edited by Minter L.R., Burger M., Harrison J.A., Braack H.H., Bishop P.J. & Kloepfer D. SI/MAB Series no. 9. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Published by the Smithsonian Institution and the Avian Demography Unit (now Animal Demography Unit)

The taxonomy used in this page is the same as the taxonomy that appears in the book and it is currently absolete. Currently accepted names are given in the respective species accounts.

Family Arthroleptidae

Family Bufonidae

  • Genus Bufo Laurenti, 1768 toads, true toads, skurwepaddas (A)
    • Bufo amatolicus Hewitt, 1925 Amatola Toad, Amatola Skurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo angusticeps Smith, 1848 Cape Sand Toad, Sand Toad, Yellow-footed Toad, Sandskurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo fenoulheti Hewitt and Methuen, 1913 Northern Pygmy Toad, Fenoulhet’s Toad, Pygmy Toad, Dwarf Toad, Noordelike Dwergskurwepadda (A), Platskurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo gariepensis A. Smith, 1848 Karoo Toad, Karoo Skurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo garmani Meek, 1897 Eastern Olive Toad, Olive Toad, Garman’s Toad, Olyfskurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo gutturalis Power, 1927 Guttural Toad, Gorrelskurwepadda (A), Gewone Skurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo maculatus Hallowell, 1854 Flat-backed Toad, Gestreepte Skurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo pantherinus A. Smith, 1828 Western Leopard Toad, August Frog, Leopard Toad, Westelike Luiperdskurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo pardalis Hewitt, 1935 Eastern Leopard Toad, Leopard Toad, Oostelike Luiperdskurwepadda (A), Gevlekte Luiperdskurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo poweri Hewitt, 1935 Western Olive Toad, Power’s Toad, Power se Skurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo rangeri Hewitt, 1935 Raucous Toad, Ranger’s Toad, Lawaaiskurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo robinsoni Branch and Braack, 1996 Paradise Toad, Paradys Skurwepadda (A)
    • Bufo vertebralis A. Smith, 1848 Southern Pygmy Toad, Pygmy Toad, Suidelike Dwergskurwepadda (A)
  • Genus Capensibufo Grandison, 1980 mountain toads, Cape toadlets, Cape toads, bergskurwepaddas (A)
    • Capensibufo rosei (Hewitt, 1926) Rose’s Mountain Toad, Rose’s Toadlet, Striped Mountain Toad, Cape Mountain Toad, Rose se Bergskurwepadda (A)
    • Capensibufo tradouwi (Hewitt, 1926) Tradouw Mountain Toad, Tradouw Toadlet, Tradouw’s Toad, Tradouw Bergskurwepadda (A)
  • Genus Schismaderma Smith, 1849 Schismaderma
    • Schismaderma carens (Smith, 1848) Red Toad, Red-backed Toad, African Split-skin Toad, Rooiskurwepadda (A)

Family Heleophrynidae

Family Hemisotidae

  • Genus Hemisus Günther, 1859 shovel-nosed frogs, pig-nosed frogs, snout-burrowers, graafneuspaddas (A)
    • Hemisus guineensis broadleyi Laurent, 1972 Guinea Shovel-nosed Frog, Guinea Snout-burrower, Guinease Graafneuspadda (A)
    • Hemisus guttatus Rapp, 1842 Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog, Spotted Snout-burrower, Gespikkelde Graafneuspadda (A)
    • Hemisus marmoratus Peters, 1854 Mottled Shovel-nosed Frog, Marbled Snout-burrower, Gemarmerde Graafneuspadda

Family Hyperoliidae

  • Genus Afrixalus Laurent, 1944 leaf-folding frogs, spiny reed frogs, blaarvouendepaddas (A)
    • Afrixalus aureus Pickersgill, 1984 Golden Leaf-folding Frog, Golden Spiny Reed Frog, Golden Dwarf Leaf-folding Frog, Goue Stekel-rietpaddatjie (A), Goue Blaarvouendepadda (A)
    • Afrixalus delicatus Pickersgill, 1984 Delicate Leaf-folding Frog, Delicate Spiny Reed Frog, Delikate Blaarvouendepadda (A)
    • Afrixalus fornasinii (Bianconi, 1849) Greater Leaf-folding Frog, Fornasini’s Spiny Reed Frog, Groot-blaarvouendepadda (A)
    • Afrixalus knysnae (Loveridge, 1954) Knysna Leaf-folding Frog, Knysna Spiny Reed Frog, Knysna Blaarvouendepadda (A)
    • Afrixalus spinifrons (Cope, 1862) Natal Leaf-Folding Frog, Natal Spiny Reed Frog, Spinose Dwarf Leaf-folding Frog, Natalse Blaarvouendepadda (A)
  • Genus Hyperolius Rapp, 1842 reed frogs, sedge frogs, rietpaddas (A)
    • Hyperolius acuticeps Ahl, 1931 Sharp-nosed Reed Frog, Long Reed Frog, Skerpneusrietpadda (A)
    • Hyperolius argus Peters, 1854 Argus Reed Frog, Argus Sedge Frog, Yellow Spotted Reed Frog, Golden Sedge Frog, Argusrietpadda (A)
    • Hyperolius horstockii (Schlegel, 1837) Arum Lily Frog, Arum Reed Frog, Horstock’s Reed Frog, Aronskelkrietpadda (A), Varkleliepadda (A)
    • Hyperolius marmoratus Rapp, 1842 Painted Reed Frog, Marbled Reed Frog, Geverfde Rietpadda (A), Gestreepte Rietpadda (A)
    • Hyperolius pickersgilli Raw, 1982 Pickersgill’s Reed Frog, Avoca Reed Frog, Pickersgill se Rietpadda (A)
    • Hyperolius pusillus (Cope, 1862) Water Lily Frog, Water Lily Reed Frog, Waterlelierietpadda (A)
    • Hyperolius semidiscus Hewitt, 1927 Yellow-striped Reed Frog, Geelstreep-rietpadda (A)
    • Hyperolius tuberilinguis Smith, 1849 Tinker Reed Frog, Green Reed Frog, Yellow-green Reed Frog, Groenrietpadda (A)
  • Genus Kassina Girard, 1853 kassinas, chikwarikwari (S), vleipaddas (A)
  • Genus Leptopelis Günther, 1859 tree frogs, forest treefrogs, boompaddas (A)
  • Genus Semnodactylus Hoffman, 1939 Semnodactylus
    • Semnodactylus wealii (Boulenger, 1882) Rattling Frog, Long-toed Running Frog, Weale’s Running Frog, Langtoon-vleipadda (A), Ratelpadda (A)

Family Microhylidae

  • Genus Breviceps Merrem, 1820
    • Breviceps acutirostris Poynton, 1963 Strawberry Rain Frog, Cape Short-headed Frog, Aarbei-blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps adspersus Peters, 1882 Bushveld Rain Frog, Common Rain Frog, Senanatswi (P), Bosveld Reënpadda (A), Gewone Blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps bagginsi Minter, 2003 Bilbo’s Rain Frog, Bilbo se Blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps fuscus Hewitt, 1925 Plain Rain Frog, Black Rain Frog, Gewone Janblom (A)
    • Breviceps gibbosus (Linnaeus, 1758) Cape Rain Frog, Giant Rain Frog, Kaapse Reënpadda (A), Aartappelpadda (A), Kaapse Janblom (A)
    • Breviceps macrops Boulenger, 1907 Desert Rain Frog, Melkpadda (A), Woestyn-blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps montanus Power, 1926 Cape Mountain Rain Frog, Mountain Rain Frog, Kaapse Bergblaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps mossambicus Peters, 1854 Mozambique Rain Frog, Mosambiek Blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps namaquensis Power, 1926 Namaqua Rain Frog, Namakwa Blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps rosei Power, 1926 Rose’s Rain Frog, Sand Rain Frog, Rose se Blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps sopranus Minter, 2003 Whistling Rain Frog, Fluitende Blaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps sylvestris FitzSimons, 1930 Northern Forest Rain Frog, Transvaal Forest Rain Frog, Forest Rain Frog, Senana (P), Transvaal Woudblaasoppadda (A)
    • Breviceps verrucosus Rapp, 1842 Plaintive Rain Frog, Klaende Reënpadda (A), Klaende Blaasoppadda (A)
  • Genus Phrynomantis Peters, 1867 rubber frogs, rubberpaddas (A), gifpaddas (A), gomlastiekpaddas (A)

Family Petropeditidae

Family Pipidae

  • Genus Xenopus Wagler, 1827 platannas (A), clawed toads
    • Xenopus gilli Rose and Hewitt, 1927 Cape Platanna, Sago-belly Platanna, Sago-tummy, Gill’s Platanna, Cape Clawed Toad, Kaapse Platanna (A)
    • Xenopus laevis (Daudin, 1802) Common Platanna, African Clawed Toad, Gewone Platanna (A)
    • Xenopus muelleri (Peters, 1844) Müller’s Platanna, Tropical Platanna, Müller’s Clawed Toad, Müller se Platanna (A), Tropiese Platanna (A)

Family Ranidae

  • Genus Afrana Dubois, 1992 river frogs, rivierpaddas (A)
    • Afrana angolensis (Bocage, 1866) Common River Frog, Angola River Frog, Common Rana, Gewone Rivierpadda (A)
    • Afrana dracomontana (Channing, 1978) Drakensberg River Frog, Drakensberg Frog, Drakensbergse Rivierpadda (A)
    • Afrana fuscigula (Duméril and Bibron, 1841) Cape River Frog, Dusky-throated Frog, Kaapse Rivierpadda (A)
    • Afrana vandijki Visser and Channing, 1997 Van Dijk’s River Frog, Van Dijk se Rivierpadda (A)
  • Genus AmietiaDubois, 1987 “1986”
    • Amietia vertebralis (Hewitt, 1927) Aquatic River Frog, Water Rana, Umbraculate Frog, Grootbekrivierpadda (A)
  • Genus Hildebrandtia Nieden, 1907 ornate frogs, bontpaddas (A)
  • Genus Ptychadena Boulenger, 1918 grass frogs, ridged frogs, graspaddas (A)
    • Ptychadena anchietae (Bocage, 1867) Plain Grass Frog, Anchieta’s Ridged Frog, Rooirug-graspadda (A)
    • Ptychadena mascareniensis (Duméril and Bibron, 1841) Mascarene Grass Frog, Mascarene Ridged Frog, Mascarenese Graspadda (A)
    • Ptychadena mossambica (Peters, 1854) Broad-banded Grass Frog, Mozambique Ridged Frog, Breëband-graspadda (A)
    • Ptychadena oxyrhynchus (Smith, 1849) Sharp-nosed Grass Frog, Sharp-nosed Ridged Frog, Gevlekte Graspadda (A), Spitsbekgraspadda (A)
    • Ptychadena porosissima (Steindachner, 1867) Striped Grass Frog, Grassland Ridged Frog, Gestreepte Graspadda (A)
    • Ptychadena taenioscelis Laurent, 1954 Dwarf Grass Frog, Spotted-throated Ridged Frog, Kleingraspadda (A)
    • Ptychadena uzungwensis (Loveridge, 1932) Udzungwa Grass Frog, Udzungwa Ridged Frog, Udzungwa Graspadda (A)
  • Genus Pyxicephalus Tschudi, 1838 bullfrogs, brulpaddas (A)
    • Pyxicephalus adspersus Tschudi, 1838 Giant Bullfrog, Highveld Bullfrog, Giant Pyxi, Grootbrulpadda (A), Letlametlu (P, Sh), Marokolo (S), Lentsoeta (S)
    • Pyxicephalus edulis Peters, 1854 Edible Bullfrog, Lesser Bullfrog, African Bullfrog, Kleinbrulpadda (A)
  • Genus Strongylopus Tschudi, 1838 stream frogs, langtoonpaddas (A)
    • Strongylopus bonaespei (Dubois, 1980) Banded Stream Frog, Cape Stream Frog, Mountain Frog, Long-toed Frog, Gebande Langtoonpadda (A)
    • Strongylopus fasciatus (Smith, 1849) Striped Stream Frog, Gestreepte Langtoonpadda (A)
    • Strongylopus grayii (Smith, 1849) Clicking Stream Frog, Gray’s Stream Frog, Spotted Stream Frog, Klik-langtoonpadda (A)
    • Strongylopus hymenopus (Boulenger, 1920) Berg Stream Frog, Drakensberg Stream Frog, Drakensbergse Langtoonpadda (A)
    • Strongylopus springbokensis Channing, 1986 Namaqua Stream Frog, Springbok Frog, Namakwa Langtoonpadda (A)
    • Strongylopus wageri (Wager, 1961) Plain Stream Frog, Wager’s Stream Frog, Wager se Langtoonpadda (A)
  • Genus Tomopterna Duméril and Bibron, 1841 sand frogs, pyxies, sandpaddas (A)
    • Tomopterna cryptotis (Boulenger, 1907) Tremolo Sand Frog, Cryptic Sand Frog, Striped Pyxie, Trillersandpadda (A)
    • Tomopterna delalandii (Tschudi, 1838) Cape Sand Frog, Delalande’s Sand Frog, Striped Pyxie, Gestreepte Sandpadda (A)
    • Tomopterna krugerensis Passmore and Carruthers, 1975 Knocking Sand Frog, Sandveld Pyxie, Sandveld Sandpadda (A)
    • Tomopterna marmorata (Peters, 1854) Russet-backed Sand Frog, Marbled Sand Frog, Marmorate Pyxie, Mozambique Dwarf Bullfrog, Rooirug-sandpadda (A)
    • Tomopterna natalensis (Smith, 1849) Natal Sand Frog, Natal Pyxie, Natalse Sandpadda (A)
    • Tomopterna tandyi Channing and Bogart, 1996 Tandy’s Sand Frog, Tandy se Sandpadda (A)

Family Rhacophoridae

  • Genus Chiromantis Peters, 1854 foam nest frogs, skuimnespaddas (A)
    • Chiromantis xerampelina Peters, 1854 Southern Foam Nest Frog, Foam Nest Frog, Gray Tree Frog, Groot Grys Skuimnespadda (A), Suider Skuimnespadda (A)