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

AmphibiaWeb is an American non-profit website that provides information about amphibians. 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.

AmphibiaWeb's goal is to provide a single page for every species of amphibian in the world so research scientists, citizen scientists and conservationists can collaborate.[1] It added its 7000th animal in 2012, a glass frog from Peru.[2][3] As of 2022, it hosted more than 8,400 species located worldwide.[4][5]


Scientist David Wake founded AmphibiaWeb in 2000. Wake had been inspired by the decline of amphibian populations across the world.[6][7] He founded it at the Digital Library Project at the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. Wake came to consider AmphibiaWeb part of his legacy.[3][8]


AmphibiaWeb provides information to the IUCN, CalPhotos, Encyclopedia of Life and iNaturalist,[8] and the database is cited in scientific publications.[9][10][11][12]


  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. ^ All Things Considered (August 2, 2012). "Discovery Of 7,000th Amphibian Celebrated In Song". NPR. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Robert Sanders (July 30, 2012). "Despite global amphibian decline, number of known species soars". University California at Berkeley. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  4. ^ AmphibiaWeb Team. "About Amphibiaweb". AmphibiaWeb. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  5. ^ Diane Schmidtt (2014). Using the Biological Literature: A Practical Guide (4 ed.). CRC Press. p. 320. ISBN 9781466558571. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  6. ^ Richard Sandomir (May 19, 2021). "David Wake, Expert on Salamanders and Evolution, Dies at 84". New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  7. ^ Lisa Winter (May 21, 2021). "Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84". Scientist. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "AmphibiaWeb Project". Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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. J Ethnopharmacol. 246: 112178. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2019.112178. PMID 31445132. S2CID 208582111. Retrieved July 2, 2020.