Giant rain frog (Breviceps gibbosus)

Giant rain frog in inflated posture, on leaf litter
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Giant rain frog fact file

Giant rain frog description

GenusBreviceps (1)

ARKive is working with IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, to source images of the world's threatened amphibian species. Together with Conservation International and NatureServe, IUCN has led a comprehensive assessment of the conservation status for the world's known species of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians. To date, the project has involved the input of more than 600 herpetologists from around the world.

IUCN Red List category, and details of range, ecology, threats and conservation information for every known amphibian species, can be found on the IUCN Red List website.

View information on this species at the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Also known as
Blaasop, Cape rain frog, cape short-head, headless frog, hunched toad, Jan Blom, Linnaeus’ rainfrog, Linnaeus’ short-headed frog, short-headed frog, South African rain frog, South African short-headed frog., verruculose short-headed frog.
Bombinator gibbosus, Bufo gibbosus, Engystoma dorsatum, Engystoma gibbosa, Rana breviceps, Rana gibbosa, Systoma breviceps, Systoma gibbosum.

Giant rain frog status

The giant rain frog is classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Near Threatened


Find out more

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
For more information on the assessment of the conservation status of the world's amphibians, please see the amphibian portal on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species at


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  1. IUCN Red List (December, 2010)

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Giant rain frog in inflated posture, on leaf litter  
Giant rain frog in inflated posture, on leaf litter

© Mark-Oliver Rödel

Mark-Oliver Rödel


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