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FrogID app in the Northern Territory
FrogID app in the Northern Territory Image: Jodi Rowley
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FrogID is a revolutionary citizen science project aimed at understanding and conserving one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet, frogs. Launched in November 2017, FrogID is the first national citizen science project focusing on frogs. The project relies on a free app for smartphones, allowing people from across the country to record the calls of frogs whenever they hear them. These calls are then listened to by a team of experts and all species heard are identified.

In the first six months, the project collected more frog records than traditional science had captured in any previous year on record. In a short time, FrogID has collected data on rare and threatened frog species, documented the decline of native frog species, and detected invasive species. It has revolutionised our understanding of the distributions, breeding seasons and habitats of frogs, and dramatically raised awareness and appreciation of frogs and biodiversity in the public eye.

Our team is passionate about producing scientific outcomes from FrogID data.


The Aussie Green Tree Frog’s disappearing act from Sydney
The Aussie Green Tree Frog’s disappearing act from Sydney - Images uploaded as part of blog by Jodi Rowley in May 2019 Image: Jodi Rowley
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FrogID scientific publications

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. full text.