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Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia

Field / Identification Guide

By: Michael J Tyler and Frank Knight

188 pages, colour plates & photos, b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps


Paperback | Sep 2011 | Edition: 2 | #192962 | ISBN-13: 9780643103986
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About this book

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.

The second edition of this guide, which has been revised and updated, 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 call. Each species is accompanied by a map 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.


Families and genera
Species accounts
Checklist of genera and species
Index of scientific names
Index of common names

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Michael Tyler AO is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a winner of the prestigious Ig Nobel prize from Harvard University in 2005. He has published 24 books and more than 400 scientific papers. Among his many contributions to herpetology he has described 65 new frog species or genera, and reported the first fossil frog from Australia. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, Honorary Associate at the South Australian Museum and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Applied Herpetology.

Frank Knight spent 25 years at CSIROs 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.

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