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Rose's Rain Frog
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Breviceps rosei rosei
Information
Common Name Rose's Short-headed Frog, Rose's Blaasop, and Sand Rain Frog.
Range sandveld of south-western coastal South Africa.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia
Order Anura
Family Brevicipitidae
Genus Breviceps
Species Breviceps rosei
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Rose's rain frog or rose's rainfrog (Breviceps rosei) is a species of frog in the Brevicipitidae family. It is sandveld of south-western coastal South Africa. It is less-frequently known as rose's short-headed frog, rose's blaasop, or the sand rain frog. Some consider Breviceps fasciatus as synonym of this species, although other authorities have expressed doubt.

Frogs in this species spend most of their lives in subterranean nests under sandy ground, where they lay their eggs. They surface during heavy rain. They cannot swim, and are not found in water. Tadpoles develop inside the eggs and hatch as fully formed baby frogs.

Habitats

Its natural habitats are temperate shrubland, Fynbos Mediterranean shrubland vegetation, sandy shores, arable land, pastureland, rural gardens, and urban areas. It is threatened by habitat loss, and its range it restricted to less than 20,000 square kilometers. Despite this, its future seems secure, as it is very adaptable and remains locally abundant.

Subspecies

There are two subspecies: Breviceps rosei rosei and Breviceps rosei vansoni, occurring on separate coasts.

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