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Some common names for Top End frogs

Reynolds, S (2007). Some common names for Top End frogs. Northern Territory Naturalist,19:60-68.

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Title Some common names for Top End frogs
Author Reynolds, S
Journal Name Northern Territory Naturalist
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 19
ISSN 0155-4093   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 60
End Page 68
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Northern Territory Field Naturalists Club
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Animals that are noticed because they are abundant or readily observed tend to acquire common names, and for many people these names are easier to remember than Latin (scientific) names. Fauna with specific, easily recognisable or distinguishing features also frequently have common names. A short history of association in Australia between non-indigenous people and native animals, and for much of the populace, minimal interest in native fauna, have meant that many species do not have designated labels. The human population in the far north of Australia is small and development of a detailed knowledge of the fauna is still in its infancy. As a consequence, many species in the Top End lack common names. For example, many tropical plants lack widely accepted common names, there are few regularly used names for lizards, and practically none for invertebrates (although see Horner 1991, Braby 2000, Andersen 2002). For various reasons, however, fish, birds, snakes and mammals almost invariably have common names in general use. Many frogs are cryptic, so there has been little opportunity for these species to acquire popularly accepted names. In the Top End, few frog names have infiltrated the vernacular; perhaps Green Tree Frog, Rocket Frog and Marbled Frog are the best known.
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