Any of several species of burrowing frog of the genus Breviceps of the Microhylidae, especially B. verrucosus; also called blaasop (sense 3). Now often with distinguishing epithet denoting a particular species of frog, see quotations since 1979.See also donder padda sense b.
1929W. RoseVeld & Vlei 47His other common name is ‘Reen Padda’ or ‘Rain Frog,’ which probably indicates a propensity to emerge from concealment at the advent of rain.
1970C.A. Du Toit inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.I. 341They are nocturnal and secretive, and are seldom seen except after heavy rains, when they are forced to the surface in large numbers; hence the other common name, ‘reënpadda’ or rain frog.
1979Passmore & CarruthersS. Afr. Frogs 20Terrestrial Development (a) Species which construct nests in moss, under logs, etc., or in burrows. No aquatic larval stage. Parental care often evident, e.g. Rain Frogs.
1979Passmore & CarruthersS. Afr. Frogs 82Rain Frogs. Breviceps...Eleven species occur in South Africa.
1990N.H.G. Jacobsen inFauna & FloraNo.47, 25As the clouds gather and the earth becomes cool and moist, a shrill trilling call is heard. This belongs to the Soutpansberg rain frog Breviceps sylvestris taeniatus, calling because of the increase in humidity...They are adapted to a terrestrial life, unable to swim.
1993Earthyear Winter (Earthling) 27Also found on Table Mountain..is a frog that can’t swim! It is the Cape rain frog or blaasop (Breviceps gibbosus)...If an adult lands in water it blows itself up like a ping-pong ball with legs and floats until it reaches dry land.
1994Afr. WildlifeVol.48No.4, 47 (advt)The Bushveld rain frog (Breviceps adspersus). It is one of about 12 species of rain frog occurring in southern Africa.
Any of several species of burrowing frog of the genus Breviceps of the Microhylidae, especially B. verrucosus; also called blaasop (sense 3). Now often with distinguishing epithet denoting a particular species of frog, see quotations since 1979.
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