database of amphibian species of the world

AmphibiaWeb is an American non-profit website that shows information about amphibians, for example frogs and salamanders. It is run by a group of universities working with the California Academy of Sciences: San Francisco State University, the University of California at Berkeley, University of Florida at Gainesville, and University of Texas at Austin.

Company typeSynthesizing and sharing information about amphibians to enable research, education, and conservation
Founded2000, California, United States

AmphibiaWeb's goal is to provide an information page for every species of amphibian in the world so research scientists, citizen scientists and people who want to help the environment can work together.[1] It added its 7000th animal in 2012, a glass frog from Peru.[2] As of 2022, it hosted more than 8,400 species from all over the world.[3][4]



Scientist David Wake founded AmphibiaWeb in 2000.[5][6] He founded it at the Digital Library Project at the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. It was a class project.[2][7]

AmphibiaWeb gives information to the IUCN, CalPhotos, Encyclopedia of Life and iNaturalist.[7]

Professional scientists use AmphibiaWeb in their papers. It has been cited in many journals, for example PLOS One,[8] The European Journal of Taxonomy,[9] Amino Acids[10] and The Journal of Ethnopharmacology.[11]

Many libraries recommend AmphibiaWeb to readers, including UNLV University Libraries,[12] Stony Brook University Libraries,[13] the College of Wooster Libraries[14] and James Cook University Libraries.[15]


Other websites



  1. "DATABASE: Down at the Frog Pond". Science. 305 (5690): 1543. September 10, 2004. doi:10.1126/science.305.5690.1543a. S2CID 220104410. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert Sanders (July 30, 2012). "Despite global amphibian decline, number of known species soars". University California at Berkeley. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. AmphibiaWeb Team. "About Amphibiaweb". AmphibiaWeb. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  4. Diane Schmidtt (2014). Using the Biological Literature: A Practical Guide (4 ed.). CRC Press. p. 320. ISBN 9781466558571. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  5. Richard Sandomir (May 19, 2021). "David Wake, Expert on Salamanders and Evolution, Dies at 84". New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  6. Lisa Winter (May 21, 2021). "Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84". Scientist. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "AmphibiaWeb Project". Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  8. Yap, T. A.; Koo, M. S.; Ambrose, R. F.; Vredenburg, V. T. (2018). "Introduced bullfrog facilitates pathogen invasion in the western United States". PLOS ONE. 13 (4): e0188384. Bibcode:2018PLoSO..1388384Y. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188384. PMC 5901863. PMID 29659568.
  9. Richard M. Lehtinen; Frank Glaw; Miguel Vences; Andolalao Rakotoarison; Mark D. Scherz (2018). "Two new Pandanus frogs (Guibemantis: Mantellidae: Anura) from northern Madagascar". European Journal of Taxonomy (451). doi:10.5852/ejt.2018.451. S2CID 91855421. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  10. Mu L; Zhou L; Yang J (2017). "The first identified cathelicidin from tree frogs possesses anti-inflammatory and partial LPS neutralization activities". Amino Acids. 49 (9): 1571–1585. doi:10.1007/s00726-017-2449-7. PMC 5561178. PMID 28593346.
  11. Zhan X; Wu H; Wu H (2020). "Metabolites from Bufo gargarizans (Cantor, 1842): A review of traditional uses, pharmacological activity, toxicity and quality control". Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 246. J Ethnopharmacol: 112178. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2019.112178. PMID 31445132. S2CID 208582111. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  12. "Biological Sciences: Resources covering the life sciences". UNLV University Libraries. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  13. "Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Resources: Home". Stony Brook University Libraries. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  14. "Biology Subject Guide: More Resources". College of Wooster Libraries. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  15. "Zoology and Tropical Ecology Guide: Key Resources". James Cook University Libraries. Retrieved July 2, 2020.