Scientific Outcomes of FrogID

Thanks to the contributions of FrogID users across Australia, this growing database of biodiversity records and audio recordings has become an unparalleled information resource on Australia’s frogs. FrogID has allowed us to better understand the true species diversity, distribution and breeding habitats of Australian frogs with a geographic coverage and spatial, temporal and taxonomic accuracy never before possible. Monitoring frog presence at sites over time is also helping us understand how frogs and their ecosystems are responding to a changing planet- from fires, droughts, floods and urbanisation.

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It’s hard to live in the city: the decline of frog species from our urban areas

24 May 2021

Which frogs are best equipped to survive the human world?

04 May 2021

Frogs call at night, right?

15 October 2020

Do frogs have accents?

07 October 2020

Frogs surviving the flames: Citizen scientists reveal frogs calling across the fire zone

28 September 2020

Data for conservation: over 50,000 FrogID records now online

18 February 2020

Frog sex in the city: can frogs still be heard by their mates in urban environments?

07 February 2020

Citizen scientists document frog species richness across Australia

27 January 2020

FrogID dataset

The FrogID dataset version 1.0 has been released for download, and can be accessed from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) on the link below. This dataset spans year one of the project, from 10 November 2017-9 November 2018, and includes 54,864 records of 172 species, 71% of the known frog species in Australia. We follow ethical data publication guidelines and consider certain records as sensitive, thereby reducing geolocation accuracy in our publicly available dataset, taking into account the conservation status of the species, whether the species is highly range-restricted, and whether the record falls within the known geographic range of these species.Updates to the dataset and anticipated on an annual basis.
Access GBIF here

FrogID Publications

The FrogID Team has written the following publications

Callaghan, C.T., Liu, G., Mitchell, B., Poore, A.G.B., Rowley, J.J.L. (2021) Urbanization negatively impacts frog diversity at continental, regional, and local scales, Basic and Applied Ecology: 54. p 64-74


Liu, G., Rowley, J.J. L., Kingsford, R.T., Callaghan, C.T. (2021) Species' traits drive amphibian tolerance to anthropogenic habitat modification. Global Change Biology


Callaghan, C.T. & Rowley, J.J.L. (2020). A continental assessment of diurnality in frog calling behaviour. Austral Ecology


Weaver, S.J., C.T. Callaghan, J. J. L. Rowley (2020) Anuran accents: Continental‐scale citizen science data reveal spatial and temporal patterns of call variability, Ecology and Evolution. 2020;00:1–14.


Rowley, J.J.L., et al (2020) Widespread short-term persistence of frog species after the2019–2020 bushfires in eastern Australia revealed by citizenscience. Conservation Science and Practice: csp2.287


Callaghan, C.T., et al (2020). Citizen science data accurately predicts expert-derived species richness at a continental scale when sampling thresholds are met. Biodiversity and Conservation. 29:1323-1337


Mitchell, B.A., Callaghan, C.T., Rowley, J.J.L. (2020). Continental-scale citizen science data reveal no changes in acoustic responses of a widespread tree frog to an urbanisation gradient. Journal of Urban Ecology 6(1): juaa002


Rowley, J.J,L., Callaghan, C.T. (2020) The FrogID dataset: expert-validated occurrence records of Australia’s frogs collected by citizen scientists. ZooKeys 912: 139-151


Rowley, J.J.L., et al (2019). FrogID: Citizen scientists provide validated biodiversity data on frogs of Australia. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 14(1): 155-170


Request for collaborations or non-public data

If you would like to collaborate or would like to request additional data not currently publicly available, please contact and request an ‘Application to Conduct Research or Provide Data’ form Requests will be reviewed by one or all members of the Scientific Reference Committee on a case by case basis, they will be assessed based on the strength of the proposed research activity and overlap with existing research projects. A licence agreement form will be provided to the researcher for signing once the application has been assessed as successful. Please note: that due to high levels of demand, and our small team size, it is not possible to fulfill all requests.

FrogID Scientific Advisory Group

The FrogID Scientific Advisory Group provides advice on non-collaborative requests for a large volume of data not currently in the public dataset (ie. sensitive species locations, audio files) or those that will take a significant amount of staff time to fulfil. The group may also provide advice on other aspects of the FrogID project including scientific research priorities, increasing the utility of FrogID data to inform land-use and conservation, and other FrogID initiatives.

Current members

  • Dr Jodi Rowley (Australian Museum & UNSW Sydney)
  • Adam Woods (Australian Museum)
  • Dr Corey Callaghan (UNSW Sydney)
  • Emeritus Professor Ross Alford (James Cook University)
  • Dr David Hunter (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment)

Recommended citation

FrogID Primary Reference:

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.

To cite data retrieved from the FrogID website:

FrogID (2020). FrogID. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available: (Accessed: Date [e.g., 1 January, 2020]).
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