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Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia [Paperback]

Mike Tyler , Frank Knight


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1 Jun 2009 0643092447 978-0643092440
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 fully illustrated guide to all the known frogs of Australia provides concise accounts of all 227 species within the five main frog families such as: Hylidae, Limnodynastidae, Microhylidae, Myobatrachidae and Ranidae. It also includes the introduced Cane Toad and provides notes on other '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 a full-colour painted illustration. 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.

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"Frank Knight's artwork highlights this book! This title is a must have for those with an interest in the frogs of Australia." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Michael Tyler AO is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a winner of the prestigious lg Nobel prize from Harvard University in 2005. He has published 23 books and more than 350 scientific papers. Among his many contributions to herpetology he has described 65 new frog species or genera, and reported the first fossil frog from Australia. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, Honorary Associate at the South Australian Museum and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Applied Herpetology. Frank Knight spent 25 years at CSIRO's Division of Wildlife Research illustrating books and scientific papers. He won a CSIRO Overseas Study Award in 1980, visiting artists and illustrators in Europe, UK, USA and Canada. He left the organisation in 1991 to illustrate the best-selling Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Since then he has illustrated a series of field guides including Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide with text by Joseph Forshaw. Field Guide to Australian Frogs is his most recent work.

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version very difficult to use as a useful identification guide. 23 July 2014
By D. J Stemke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It likely has most of the frog species of Australia, but I find this kindle book extremely difficult to use effectively. The obvious advantage of a Kindle book is that it is one less book to carry, but that's the only thing that I really like about a Kindle version.It is organized in a poor way; four animals are described and each one has a map followed by colored drawings of the four animals and then the next four animals are described. I find myself having to flip through at least half the book to try and identify animals, very time consuming. The descriptions are fine, but I find it difficult to id animals from the drawings. I wish the author had put animals together on plates, possibly with a small inlay of the range maps and page numbers for the description. As it is I had to get an additional frog reference anyway in Australia. At this price it is a pretty poor reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD 30 Jan 2011
By Maurice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is my first field guide about frogs from Australia, but is very good and I recomend this book, excelent pictures and many interesting informations both for experts and for amateurs.

Maurice
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