Frogs of Victoria

A Guide to Identification, Ecology and Conservation

August 2023
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    2nd August 2023
  • ISBN 9781486313815
  • Language English
  • Pages 180 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 125 color photos, 57 maps

Amphibians are one of the world’s most rapidly declining fauna groups. In an era of devastating climate change, habitat destruction and irreplaceable loss of biological diversity, it has never been more important to have effective resources for identifying and managing wildlife.

Tapping into the deep knowledge of the best frog experts in south-eastern Australia, Frogs of Victoria not only provides the tools to identify Victorian frogs – including keys, photographs, and comparative information on similar species – it also presents detailed information on their biology, habitats, status, and threats. Importantly, the authors also detail the urgent actions required to prevent further loss of amphibian diversity in Victoria.

Including stunning images from some of Australia’s finest wildlife photographers, Frogs of Victoria is an authoritative resource for ecologists, land managers, conservationists and all who are fascinated by frogs.


  • Covers the 38 frog species and subspecies native to Victoria, as well as 1 introduced frog species and 1 introduced newt species
  • Assists readers to identify Victorian frogs, with dichotomous keys and photographs showing major identification features
  • Each species profile is accompanied by color photographs, a distribution map, distinguishing features, and similar species with details of differentiation
  • Comprehensive species profiles also provide notes on conservation status, biology and breeding, calls and habitats
  • Includes information on threats to Victorian frogs, conservation research, and recovery programs


1: Naming and classifying frogs
2: Biology of frogs
3: The amphibian fauna of Victoria
4: Victorian zoogeographic regions and ecosystems, and their frogs
5: Conservation of Victorian frogs
6: Victorian amphibians
- Family: Limnodynastidae
- Family: Myobatrachidae
- Family: Pelodryadidae
- Family: Salamandridae

Appendix 1: Wildlife legislation and regulations
Appendix 2: Frogs Victoria
Selected bibliography
Index of common names
Index of scientific names

Nick Clemann

Nick Clemann has been leading programs on threatened wildlife throughout south-eastern Australia for 25 years. He advises government on threatened species research, management, policy and scientific permits. He works for Zoos Victoria and holds an honorary position with Museums Victoria.

Michael Swan

Michael Swan was previously a senior herpetofauna keeper with Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. He is now the coordinator of the Lilydale High School reptile collection, the largest school collection of reptiles and frogs in Australia. He is a keen photographer and has written numerous articles, papers and books about reptiles and frogs, including Frogs and Reptiles of the Murray–Darling Basin.

amphibian, wildlife management, conservation