Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis): What does it look like?
  • The Micro Frog is one of the smallest frogs in the world it is only about the size of a finger nail (12-16 mm long) when fully grown.
  • It is bright green to brown with a yellow stripe down the spine. Its toes are webbed for about one third of their length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis): Why is it threatened?
  • The Micro Frog is one of four frog species in the Cape Floristic Region, and two in the City of Cape Town, that is Critically Endangered.
  • It is endemic to Sand Fynbos and only found in seasonal wetlands in the middle of Kenilworth Racecourse.
  • Micro Frogs are threatened because seasonal wetlands on the Cape Flats are threatened by fragmentation  and degradation of wetlands.
Present|Original distribution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis): What can we do?
  • The seasonal wetlands at Kenilworth Racecourse must be conserved as this is the last place on Earth that this unique micro-frog survives

Kenilworth Racecourse with seasonal wetlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the buttons to find out more about threatened animals in Cape Town:
 
Cape Galaxias (Galaxias zebratus)
Geometric Tortoise (Psammobates geometricus)
Leopard Toad (Amietophrynus pantherinus)
Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis)
Common Opal Butterfly (Chrysoritis thysbe)