Carruthers’ Rain Frog (Breviceps carruthersi)

View the above photo record (by Ryan Tippett) in FrogMAP here.

Find the Carruthers’ Rain Frog in the FBIS database (Freshwater Biodiversity Information System) here.

Family Breviceptidae

CARRUTHERS’ RAIN FROG – Breviceps carruthersi

Du Preez, Netherlands & Minter, 2017


B. carruthersi inhabits sand forest, dense bushveld and open grassy woodlands on well-drained sandy soils.


Breviceps carruthersi – Mkhuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Alan Manson

Adults emerge from their burrows after good summer rains. Males form choruses where they call from concealed positions beneath vegetation.

Status and Conservation

Data deficient. Breviceps carruthersi is present in a number of conservation areas within its limited distribution.

Breviceps carruthersi – Near Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Bernard Wouda


Distribution of Breviceps carruthersi. Taken from the FrogMAP database. April 2022.

Further Resources

Virtual Museum (FrogMAP > Search VM > By Scientific or Common Name)

More common names: Phinda Rain Frog (Alternative English Name); Phinda-reënpadda (Afrikaans)

Recommended citation format for this species text:

Tippett RM. Carruthers’ Rain Frog Breviceps carruthersi. BDI, Cape Town.
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