Throughout much of the world, frog populations are declining, with the survival of many species under threat. In Australia, several species have become extinct in the past 35 years.
This revised second edition of Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia provides fully updated accounts of all the known frogs of Australia. Compared to the second edition published in 2011, this revision includes 18 native frog species that have been newly described since then. There are 248 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.
Each species account includes details of size, status, distribution, habitat, behaviour and advertisement call. Species are beautifully illustrated with full-colour paintings and distribution maps are also included. Closely related frogs are shown in identical poses so that comparisons can be made readily. The introductory section of Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia covers frog biology and habitats and includes notes on families and genera.
Families and genera
Checklist of families, genera and species
Index of scientific names
Index of common names
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 after 50 years as Honorary Associate in Herpetology at the South Australian Museum was appointed Curator Emeritus.
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, Second Edition is his most recent work.
"This guide will remain a fitting testament to his [Mike Tyler's] massive contribution to Australian froggery. That alone is a good enough reason to buy it."
– Ian Fraser's Natural History Reviews #28, April 2020