New app will identify Australia's endangered frogs

Updated: Jan 27, 2018, 17:23 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Biologists and IBM have come together to develop a smartphone app to survey Australia's endangered frogs. The app named FrogID, will record and report frog calls, croaks and chirps according to the Australian Museum

Biologists and IBM have come together to develop a smartphone app to survey Australia's endangered frogs. The app named FrogID, will record and report frog calls, croaks and chirps according to the Australian Museum.

New app will identify Australia's endangered frogsFroggie app

The app records a frog's call without disturbing it and notifies a museum expert to verify its species. While the frog populations are significantly reducing globally, it is specially the Australian species which are vulnerable. Australia has over 240 named native species of frog and the citizen scientists are now using the app to discover even more.

According to Echo Net, Up to 1 million Australians are expected to download the app and head to parks, creeks, dams or wetlands to listen for frog calls. Recording and uploading these calls will map frog species across Australia and reveal where they are at risk from habitat loss, disease, climate change and urbanisation.

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