rain frog, noun phrase

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See quotations 1937 and 1970.
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.
1929 W. Rose Veld & 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.
1937 Guide to Vertebrate Fauna of E. Cape Prov. (Albany Museum) II. 117Breviceps tympanifer..Rain Frog...The cry is considered to foretell rain.
1970 C.A. Du Toit in Std 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.
1979 Passmore & Carruthers S. 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.
1979 Passmore & Carruthers S. Afr. Frogs 82Rain Frogs. Breviceps...Eleven species occur in South Africa.
1979 Passmore & Carruthers S. Afr. Frogs 84Plaintive Rain Frog, Breviceps verrucosus.
1979 Passmore & Carruthers S. Afr. Frogs 88Cape Rain Frog, Breviceps gibbosus [etc.].
1990 N.H.G. Jacobsen in Fauna & Flora No.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.
1993 Earthyear 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.
1994 Afr. Wildlife Vol.48 No.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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