Australian Museum Herpetology Blogs

The latest blogs from Australian Museum Herpetology

Dainty Tree Frog

Dainty Tree Frog
Photographer: Jodi Rowley © Australian Museum

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The hidden abundance of frogs

The sheer number of frogs that live in healthy ecosystems- from wetlands to deserts- may surprise you!

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Crossing continents to collaborate on conserving critters

From Bangladesh to the USA to Australia, my passion for biodiversity conservation has taken me far!

By: Dr Ahm Ali Reza

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A call for photos of blood suckers

DNA from mosquitos’ meals could give insight into endangered frog populations

By: Tim Cutajar

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The latest on the frogs of Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific

Experts highlight the unique frogs of the Australasia region and summarise the challenges facing their conservation.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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A recent Australian Museum Expedition to Coolah Tops found a diverse and intriguing fauna

A recent Australian Museum Expedition to Coolah Tops found a diverse and intriguing fauna.

By: Dr Mark Eldridge, Stephen Mahony, Dr Sandy Ingleby, Dr Harry Parnaby, Dr Anja Divljan,

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Listening to mountain frogs to help inform their conservation management

How do you study a frog when it’s buried in the mud on top of a mountain covered in thick jungle and you don’t know when they are calling?

By: Liam Bolitho

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Climbing in the clouds: searching for Vietnam’s rarest frogs

A survey for two Critically Endangered frog species in the mountains of northern Vietnam

By: Christopher Portway

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Calling all frog calls…again and again!

We need you to record your local frogs with FrogID on a regular basis- nightly, weeky or as often as you can!

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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To share or not to share geographical space?

Exploring why, where and when lizard and snake species coexist.

By: Dr Laura Alencar

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The food of frogs in a tropical forest

What do frogs eat in the wild? Everything that moves? Or are they more picky?

By: Le Thi Thuy Duong & Dr Jodi Rowley

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Detective work uncovers the true identity of some Aussie frogs

It’s taken some serious investigation across three countries to solve some 150 year old mysteries about two Australian frog species.

By: Dr Glenn Shea & Dr Jodi Rowley

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Where did all the tiny brown frogs come from?

How small brown frogs are helping us understand the drivers of biodiversity in Asia.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Just how threatened are amphibians?

Our knowledge of amphibians is changing so fast, understanding just how threatened they are is proving a challenge.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley & Benjamin Tapley

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One up, one down and one sideways

Sorting out some overlooked skink lizards using museum collections.

By: Dr Glenn Shea

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FrogID citizen scientists are putting frogs on the map

From suburban Sydney to the most remote parts of the country, FrogID citizen scientists are helping to better understand Aussie frogs.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Same same but different: uncovering the cryptic diversity of Asian horned frogs

Discovering new species of horned frogs, after the fieldwork is done.

By: Benjamin Tapley

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40 days of FrogID: citizen scientists hop to the challenge of saving frogs

Australia’s first national frog count has already it’s made leaps and bounds in helping to conserve some of our most threatened animals

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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New species of Horned Frog discovered

A new frog species with flashy red thighs has just been revealed from the rugged forests of northern Vietnam and southern China

By: Benjamin Tapley, Dr Jodi Rowley & Tim Cutajar

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Why do frogs call?

What drives a frog or toad to spend the night croaking?

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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The impact of a disease on Southeast Asian frogs: a first look

A potentially deadly pathogen is infecting frogs in Vietnam, but is it causing frog population declines?

By: Le Thi Thuy Duong, Dr Hoang Duc Huy & Dr Jodi Rowley

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Bush Blitzing the reptiles of Mungo National Park

We uncover beautiful threatened species as part of the latest Bush Blitz survey in Mungo National Park

By: Stephen Mahony & Christopher Portway

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Frog sex

The amazing diversity of frog mating strategies

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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The highest mountain in southern China reveals a new frog species

Meet the tiny new frog species just discovered from southern China

By: Dr Jodi Rowley & Dr Zhiyong Yuan

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New species of Leaf-litter Frog discovered from Vietnam

A small, zig-zag striped frog has just been discovered in Vietnam

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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In search of undescribed species in northern Australia

Bush Blitz uncovers the remarkable diversity of amphibians and reptiles that call Bradshaw Field Training area home.

By: Stephen Mahony & Dr Jodi Rowley

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New “Stone” frog discovered from Vietnam

A new gargoyle-like frog emerges from the limestone rocks of northern Vietnam.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley & Timothy Cutajar

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Linking frogs with flows

Figuring out which frog species like what conditions helps us help them survive.

By: Dr Joanne Ocock

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The search for the Peppered Tree Frog has begun

My search for a tiny frog that hasn’t been seen for more than 40 years has commenced.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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The Search for the Peppered Tree Frog

Not seen since the 1970’s, we need your help in finding a tiny, mottled frog.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Litoria bella

A new, brightly-coloured treefrog revealed in northern Australia

A green frog with orange hands and feet and purple thighs leaps into the spotlight.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Frog goo to the rescue

Why frogs may hold the key to curing your next illness.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Tam Dao Newt

Is the demand for amphibians as pets threatening their survival in the wild?

The global trade in wildlife threatens more than just rhinos, elephants and tigers: amphibians are also at risk.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley & Timothy Cutajar

SE Asian amphibians over time

Closing the gap between species discovery and conservation

Ensuring amphibians new to science are considered in conservation strategies.

By: Timothy Cutajar

blind snake

Eyes peeled for the elusive Blind Snake

Serendipity, morphology and museum collections combine to determine a new species of blind snake from the southern Northern Territory.

By: Dr Glenn Shea

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Five new frog species discovered in fast-disappearing forests

The forests of central Vietnam & Cambodia are home to five new frog species that have hopefully been discovered in the nick of time.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Can frogs help combat the Zika virus?

Healthy frog populations may help keep disease-carrying mosquitos at bay, but not in the way you might expect.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

frog feet

Put your hands up and best foot forward

What can be revealed by looking at a frog's foot?

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Sterlings Toothed Toad

Mountain-top frogs teetering on the edge

Two Asian frog species are now officially more threatened than the Giant Panda.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley & Timothy Cutajar

Theloderma

Bird poo frogs – more species than meets the eye!

Identifying hidden frog species (that look like bird poo) using DNA.

By: Dr Jennifer Dever

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Three tiny, green-blooded frogs sing like birds

All three species of tiny, pointy snouted, green-blooded frogs from the forests of Vietnam have unique, bird-like calls.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Leptolalax

Gone before we know they exist?

Unknown diversity of tiny brown frogs just discovered, but some undiscovered species may already be extinct.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Frogs in the trees

In making the transition from the swamp to the tree-tops, different groups of frogs have evolved in remarkably similar ways.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

calling frog

How can you tell a male from a female frog?

It's often tricky to tell whether a frog is male or female, but these tips should help.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Limnonectes

A frog that gives birth to tadpoles!

Unique in the frog world, a newly described frog from Indonesia lays tadpoles instead of eggs.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Newt

Conserving Asian newts could save the world’s salamanders

Healthy salamander populations on both sides of the planet may depend on controlling the international sale of Asian newts as pets.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley & Dr Bryan Stuart

Limnonectes dabanus

The secret life of a fanged frog with an enormous head

We reveal the strange call of an even stranger frog.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Habitat loss

Discovering the biodiversity of the Greater Mekong

Much of the biodiversity of the Greater Mekong region in Southeast Asia remains undiscovered, but is already under great threat.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Helens Flying Frog

Why the official conservation status of species matters

It’s not just a category; it’s about directing scarce conservation resources to the species most in need.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Frogs need to watch their backs: parasites on the horizon

A host of spore-producing parasites may be waiting in the wings for a chance to attack amphibians.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

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Meet the Thorny Tree Frog: a striking new frog species from Vietnam

Males of this newly discovered pink and yellow tree frog are covered in prickly, white-tipped spines.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Flying frogs

Flying Frogs: the aerodynamic amphibians

Some frogs have well and truly taken a leap into the trees.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley

Cane Toad

What’s the difference between a frog and a toad?

As an amphibian biologist, it’s the most common question people ask me, but the answer is more complicated than you’d think.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley


Dr Jodi Rowley , Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology
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