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FrogID Aims

FrogID, initiated by the Australian Museum in November 2017, is geared towards achieving the following aims:

Establish a nation-wide database of frog calls to document the true species diversity, distributions and breeding habitats of Australian frogs with high geographic coverage, and spatial, temporal and taxonomic accuracy never before possible.

Monitor frog distributions over time, help understand how frogs, and their ecosystems, are responding to a changing planet.

Inform conservation prioritisation and land-use planning decisions in Australia.

Connect the public with nature and raise awareness of the frogs and biodiversity conservation, facilitating participation in scientific research.

FrogID reports

Our reports provide a comprehensive overview of the Australian Museum’s flagship citizen science project, FrogID. These reports showcase the accomplishments of the project to date and outline its ambitious goals for the future. Explore FrogID reports categorised by year.

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Why Frogs Count

Australia has over 240 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog. But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and at least four have become extinct.

Frogs play a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. As environmental indicators, they provide early warnings about changes in environmental health.

FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. All around the country, people are recording frog calls with the free FrogID app for our frog call experts to listen and verify.

The FrogID project relies on frog calls to identify species, as many frog species are indistinguishable by appearance, we want to minimise disturbance to frogs and their habitat, and we want to know about the breeding season and breeding habitats of frogs.

By recording a frog call with the FrogID app, you provide a unique, time-stamped and geo-referenced audio recording that allows scientists to understand and conserve Australia's unique frog species.

Help our scientists

There’s no way scientists can record Australia’s frogs on their own. The country’s too big and there are too many frogs! That’s where you come in. With FrogID, citizen scientists just like you can help record frog calls and put more frog records on the map and contribute to biodiversity research and conservation!

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Recommended citation

FrogID Primary Reference:

Rowley, J.J.L., Callaghan, C.T., Cutajar, T., Portway, C., Potter K., Mahony, S, Trembath, D.F., Flemons, P. & Woods, A. (2019). FrogID: Citizen scientists provide validated biodiversity data on frogs of Australia. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 14(1): 155-170.

To cite data retrieved from the FrogID website:

FrogID (2020). FrogID. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available: (Accessed: Date [e.g., 1 January, 2020]).
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Donate and help

The Australian Museum's FrogID project harnesses the work of citizen scientists to power frog research and conservation. Your donation will help support FrogID as we grow our community and important research dataset: from updating mobile and web applications, to producing open-access science and financing our small team, every contribution counts!

Here's how your donation can contribute: • $50 AUD helps our scientists verify 10 minutes of frog call recordings • $100 AUD helps send one month of emails • $250 AUD stores ten days of audio recordings • $500 AUD supports 2 hours of developer time for app updates • $2000 AUD supports scientific data subscriptions or two months of data storage

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