FrogID ..... and more frogs

FrogID is an awesome, free app that can be used to identify frogs Australia wide.

Here is a link to the FrogID Citizen Science website that has been produced by CSIRO.

Once you have allowed the app to know your location,it will act as a guide to the most likely speciesthat you are hearing. Compare the calls of these species against the frog and, hey presto, you will quickly work out the type of frog that you are hearing. Its also really simple to record the calls of the frogs in the local environment, the app will then sends the calls back to staff at CSIRO who will identify the call and email you with the species names. There is also alot of information on the app to assist you to  better understand Australian frogs, including photos, habitat descriptions and beeding times.

Below are images of frogs that we found with the app.

 Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii).Screen_Shot_2018-12-02_at_5.11.29_PM.png


Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii)



My frogging night was with Dr. Renee Catullo from the Australian National University. We began the evening at Tidbinbilla where, as soon as we turned on the spotlight, there was a Platypus in right in our line of view. After turning off our lights and listening, we located a Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii). We also heard an Eastern Common Froglet (Crinia signifera), but its camouflage was so good that we could not find it.

From there we went to Namadgi National Park where numerous frog calls were heard, with this followed by a midnight à1.30 am foray into Canberra’s Australian National Botanic Gardens where Renee found another Litoria peronei and an Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii), also known as a Pobblebonk.

Below is the list of frogs we heard over the course of the night:

  • Crinia signifera (Eastern common froglet)
  • Crinia parinsignifera (Eastern sign-bearing froglet)
  • Limnodynastes peronii (Striped marsh frog)
  • Limnodynastes tasmaniensis (Spotted marsh frog)
  • Limnodynastes dumerilii (Eastern banjo frog)
  • Litoria peronii (Peron’s tree frog)
  • Litoria verreauxii (Whistling tree frog)
  • Uperoleia laevigata (Smooth toadlet)

Frog ID was a very helpful app!