Throughout much of the world, frog populations are declining and some species are disappearing totally. In Australia, several species have become extinct in the past 25 years.
This revised and updated guide provides concise accounts of all the known frogs of Australia. There are 230 species within the five native frog families: Hylidae, Limnodynastidae, Microhylidae, Myobatrachidae and Ranidae. Also included are the introduced Cane Toad and nine ‘stowaway’ species that have arrived in Australia.
The text for each species includes details of size, status, distribution, habitat, behaviour and advertisement call. Each species is accompanied by a map of Australia showing its known distribution, and a full-colour painted illustration. Closely related frogs are shown in identical poses so that comparisons can be made readily. The introductory section of the book covers frog biology and habitats and includes notes on families and genera.
Lists four new species of frog which have recently been described, together with new illustrations
Updates the scientific name of one species that has been changed
Provides updated information on the distribution of many species, including several toadlets in Western Australia
Covers 230 species within the five main frog families
Closely related frogs are shown in identical poses so that comparisons can be made readily
Families and genera
Checklist of genera and species
Index of scientific names
Index of common names
"This revised and updated guide provides concise accounts of all the known frogs of Australia. If you have a dam or a creek, or just a pond in the garden, this field guide will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the frogs in your life."
David Smith, Highlife Magazine, p. 114, 2012
Michael Tyler AO DSc is a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Eureka Prize for Science Communication. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and 24 books, and has edited or co-edited 11 books and journals. Among his many contributions to herpetology, he has described 69 new frog species or genera, and reported the first fossil frogs from Australia and New Guinea. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and for the past 49 years has been Honorary Associate in Herpetology at the South Australian Museum.
Frank Knight spent 25 years at CSIRO’s Division of Wildlife Research illustrating books and scientific papers. He won a CSIRO Overseas Study Award in 1980, visiting artists and illustrators in Europe, UK, USA and Canada. He left the organisation in 1991 to illustrate the best-selling Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Since then he has illustrated a series of field guides including Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide with text by Joseph Forshaw. Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia is his most recent work.