From lilly pad to iPad, scientists develop frog finding app

QUEENSLAND scientists have developed an app that can identify nearly every species of frog found in Australia.

Dr Hoskin said this was the only app of its kind on the market and he hopes it will help generate an interest in frogs within the community.

"It is comprehensive, so that frogs will be identified correctly. Ultimately we hope it will help frogs, the most threatened of all wildlife groups."

Working with the University of Queensland's Professor Gordon Grigg and David Stewart the team put in three years of hard work to create an app features the call sounds, descriptions, photographs and locations of more than 200 species of frogs.

Researcher Stewart MacDonald said the quality and relevance of the app's data is crucial to its success.

"Field guides are really only useful if they're comprehensive and ours is the only app that covers all currently described frog species," he said.

"We will be constantly updating the app as new frog data comes in, and an Android version is currently in development."

The "Frogs of Australia - eGuide" has just been released for sale on iTunes and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.

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