Table Mountain Ghost Frog

(Heleophryne rosei)


The Table Mountain ghost frog is only found on Table Mountain, occupying an area of only 7-8 km sq. on the slopes of Table Mountain. This species is adapted to life in fast-flowing mountain streams. Their tadpoles possess sucker-like mouthparts, which they can use to climb up wet, vertical rock surfaces around their streams at night. Adults have been found to stray from streams and have frequently been seen in caves. Numerous threats to this species include the spread of non-native vegetation, frequent fires, heavy ecotourism, and the construction of water storage reservoirs. The virulent fungal disease chytridiomycosis has been found in this species recently and populations are declining fast