Croakey! Frog spotting app released

6 July 2015

With more than 200 frog species in Australia, compiling an electronic field guide—in the form of an app—would be a daunting task. But that is exactly what James Cook University researcher Dr Conrad Hoskin and PhD student Stewart MacDonald have achieved, along with Professor Gordon Grigg (UQ) and David Stewart.

James Cook University Science degrees
The new frog spotting app in action

After three long years of hard work, the “Frogs of Australia – eGuide” has just been released for sale on iTunes and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.
The app is the most comprehensive available on the market, and the only one to feature up-to-date descriptions, location maps, call sounds and images of nearly all 238 known frog species in Australia. (Images and call data are missing for just a few frogs that are extremely rare or thought extinct.)
The app has a number of easy-to-use navigation options and also plots your position and allows you to search for local frogs.
“There is nothing like this app on the market,” Dr Hoskin said. “It took the four of us years to complete, with plenty of time and effort going into getting the app together with all the text, maps, photos, and calls.
“Field guides are really only useful if they’re comprehensive and ours is the only app that covers all currently described frog species,” said JCU PhD student Stewart MacDonald, who developed the app.
“We will be constantly updating the app as new frog data comes in, and an Android version is currently in development.”
As for the ethos behind all the hard work that went into making the app, Dr Hoskin says they made it as a resource for the community. “It is important that people learn and love the wonderful world of frogs. It is comprehensive, so that frogs will be identified correctly. Ultimately we hope it will help frogs, the most threatened of all wildlife groups.”

Master of Science (Tropical Biology and Conservation)

In this 1.5-year JCU science program, all aspects of theoretical and applied ecology are considered, making full use of the wide variety of natural tropical environments surrounding JCU including savannahs, rainforests, wetlands, and coastal marine habitats. These tropical biology programs offer a wide range of electives. Students can structure their courses to specialise in the ecology of rainforests, savannah, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.

Entry requirements: Completion of a Bachelor of Science

Find out more about science programs available at James Cook University.

Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about science degrees and research degrees available at Australian universities! Email Rachel at or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.