TGIFF! Thank Goodness it’s FROG FRIDAY! This elegant frog is a Broad-banded Grass Frog or Mozambique Ridged Frog (Ptychadena mossambica) – Poynton and Broadley (1985) as well as Channing (2001) found that P. mossambica occurs in open savanna from Kenya and Uganda southward through East Africa to Namibia (Caprivi), Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
This savanna species inhabits several bushveld vegetation types in the north-eastern parts of South Africa, at altitudes of 200–1200 m. (Jacobsen 1989). Annual rainfall in these habitats is 350 to 1000 mm. During summer, adults conceal themselves in grass tussocks near wetlands, seepage areas, pans and dams, floodplains of rivers, and inundated grassland (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
We only have 23 photo records of this beautiful frog in the FrogMAP database, more is needed to map this species’ 21st century distribution! You can help us by submitting your photos to FrogMAP.
Frog Fridays celebrate the amazing diversity of frogs and toads in the southern African region. Click here to learn more about Frog Friday and the Animal Demography Unit.