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 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 full-colour photography. 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.
About the Authors
Simon Clulow is a biologist working in a variety of research fields including ecology, conservation, evolution and reproduction in terrestrial vertebrates. He is passionate about amphibians and these often form the core models for Simon’s research, which has led him to work in the Amphibian Research Laboratory. His research projects involve long-term field work collecting significant data sets to explain ecological and evolutionary processes over time. The conservation of Australia’s unique fauna is also a major driver for Simon’s work.
Mike Swan has spent a lifetime involved in natural history and cannot remember a time when he has not been interested in reptiles and amphibians. He is a well-known Australian naturalist, author and photographer. Mike has spent many years working with Zoos Victoria as a senior reptile keeper at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.