The Australian Museum has teamed up with IBM to count the country's native frog population via a world-first app that records their calls and sends them to experts for identification.
App FrogID will give the public the chance to carry out Australia's first such national count, which begins on Friday and is meant to support researchers' efforts to save endangered native species.
"Frogs are a tipping point in the environment - as one of the first animal species to feel the impact of changes in climate and habitat, their health is a key indicator of how our environment is changing", said Dr Jodi Rowley, curator of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology at the Australian Museum.
Australia region has 240 named local types of frog, and the museum needs to utilize its FrogID application to distinguish what it accepts are handfuls more yet ribbiting under the radar.
According to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, four frog varieties are extinct, five critically endangered, 14 endangered and a further 10 are considered vulnerable.
"It's actually a lot more accurate than photos, and photos encourage people to handle or disturb frogs", Rowley added. She noted that every frog species has a unique call.
"It might allow us to figure out which areas of suburbia are really good for frogs, why they are good and hopefully help create more frog friendly habitats in suburbia", she said.
"The power to save Australia's frogs is now in the palm of your hand, whether you're a family in your garden or on a bushwalk, at school or a "grey nomad", said Australian Museum director and chief executive Kim McKay.