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Introducing our Frogs Field Guide

By: Jen Cork, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 13 Feb 2012

We are very excited to announce our brand new Frogs Field Guide mobile application! 

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Lucy Dougall © Australian Museum

The Frogs Field Guide is the Museum’s second mobile app based on both our scientific expertise and our collection resources, enabling users to discover the wonderful and fascinating world of Australian frogs while harnessing the unique attributes of mobile technologies.

Users can Browse comprehensive information about frogs, including detailed photographs, distribution maps, frog calls and fact sheets. The calls in particular are a great resource for you to identify a frog with. A fun example of using the calls can been seen in video below:

The app also enables you to locate Nearby frogs using the phone’s GPS. Coupled with this is the ability to Log your own frog sightings, through tagging the frog’s location and uploading images to your own phone. Another unique aspect of the app is the Explore view, allowing you to identify a frog based on body colour, belly colour, toe pad sizes, toe webbing and location.

Future releases of the app will enable you to add your frog sightings to the Museum’s online collection database. We also plan to encourage you to share sightings with your friends via Facebook and Twitter.

So, download our app and try it for yourself today!

6 comments

JonE - 6.02 AM, 24 February 2012
Wow this app looks cool. I will download it today. I recently found a frog on the front door of our apartment block in North Ryde adjacent to Lane Cove River/National Park. I was intrigued as to what type of frog it was, so I took some photos of it, and googled frog images as I sat and looked at it. The closest match I could come up with was a “Littlejohns Tree Frog”. It occurred to me that if the frog was indeed a Littlejohns Tree Frog, then this may be of some significance – as the frog is listed as vulnerable, and has not been recorded as being found in the Lane Cove area? The web page I referred to is this one: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/determinations/LittlejohnsTreeFrogVulSpListing.htm I have many photos of it, some attached. At the time, the site I used for identification is below: http://frogs.org.au/frogs/species/Litoria/littlejohni/ The markings and texture of the skin were very similar, and I noted that the frogs colouration changed over time – it became more pale. But now, I think it may be Verreaux's Tree Frog. I'm a newbie to frogs so I could be way off. Once I had taken photos of the frog, I picked it up and moved it into the bush, on a tree. Cheers, Jon
Jen Cork - 4.02 PM, 23 February 2012

Hey blixio! Thanks for you comment. We are looking into the Android version as we speak. If you know of any developers please contact us, we would love to meet them.

In the meantime you might find the blog post 'Deciding on a platform' a useful read.

Thanks!
Jen
 

blixio - 12.02 PM, 21 February 2012
Sounds like a great app. Any chance of an Android version. There are more Android phones around than iPhones and their market share is growing while iPhone market share is falling. Please do and Android version.
Jen Cork - 2.02 PM, 16 February 2012

Great John, really glad you are enjoying the app!

Lynda Kelly - 1.02 AM, 16 February 2012

Thnx John. The thing I'm most proud of is that it was a true Museum collaboration with science (Louise and Jodi), interps (Martyn), design (Lucy), editing (Michael and Deb) and our web extraordinaire Jen! The build was undertaken by QUT Mobile Innovation Labs who were a joy to work with: http://www.mobileinnovation-lab.com/2012/02/collaboration-with-australian-museum.html

John Tann - 2.02 PM, 15 February 2012

Nice little app. I especially like the frog calls

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