FrogID – Australia’s First National Frog Identification Program

Use your phone to become a backyard scientist and help conserve our frog populations.

Caption: Neobatrachus sutor - Dane Trembath
Image copyright WA Museum

Australia’s national frog count is underway and everyone can join in to help save one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth.

FrogID is a free smart phone app that lets you document the occurrence of frogs in your local neighbourhood, when you’re in the bush, or really anywhere in Australia!

Wanted WA Frogs for 2019

Litoria meiriana - Rockhole Frog

The Rockhole Frog is found from Arnhem Land in the NT west to the Kimberley region in WA. It's eggs are laid as small clusters that are attached to rocks in small pools near creek lines.

Notaden melanoscaphus - Northern Spadefoot

The Northern Spadefoot is found throughout northern Australia, from far north WA, across the Top End of the NT and east to the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York region in QLD. This frog lays eggs as a cluster at the surface of the water in temporary ponds and floodplain ditches.

Pseudophryne guentheri - Crawling Toadlet

The Crawling Toadlet is found in southwest WA and north to Shark Bay. This frogs lays its eggs as one small cluster on land in burrows with sandy soil.

Neobatrachus sutor - Shoemaker Frog

The Shoemaker Frog is found throughout inland WA, southern NT, and far northwest SA. This frogs lays eggs as clusters attached to vegetation under the surface of the water in temporary ponds, claypans, and dams.

Crinia subinsignifera - South Coast Froglet

The South Coast Froglet is found in southwest WA. Its egg-laying habits are unknown, but are likely to be similar to those of other species of Crinia, and are laid in swamps and flooded ditches.

Litoria rubella - Red Tree Frog

The Red Tree Frog is found throughout all of QLD, the NT, the northern half of WA, most of NSW and northern SA. This frog lays its eggs as as small clusters attached to vegetation near the surface of water in ponds, dams, flooded ditches, and most other available still freshwater bodies.

Litoria moorei - Motorbike Frog

The Motorbike Frog is found in southwest WA and north to the Murchison River. It lays eggs as clusters that are attached to vegetation under the water in permanent swamps, ponds, and dams.

If you hear a frog calling, simply open up the app and record the frog. You’ll then be presented with a list of likely species which you can then choose – or just send your frog call in. Your location is captured and sent with the frog call to the FrogID team for verifying. It’s as easy as that!

Not only will you learn more about your local area, but you will let scientists know the who’s, where’s and when’s of native frogs to help frog conservation efforts.

FrogID is available for iOS and Android devices. For more information visit the FrogID website.

FrogID is a partnership between the Australian Museum and Western Australian Museum.

The app was developed by IBM in consultation with the Australian Museum, led by frog expert Dr Jodi Rowley. Dr Paul Doughty of the WA Museum is the western expert on frog IDs.