AMNH Herpetology Collections

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AMNH Herpetology Collections

Description

The AMNH collection of amphibians and reptiles ranks among the world's five largest herpetological collections. The separately catalogued collections of amphibians and reptiles total more than 335,000 specimens, of which more than 13,000 have more than one type of preparation. The holdings of the Herpetology collection are computerized; however, inventorying the collection and proofing the database are ongoing processes. The Herpetology collection may be thought of as an ever-growing library of the world's amphibian and reptile faunas. It is an irreplaceable international resource that deserves the best of care.

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1815 - Apr 16, 2014

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Administrative contact
David Dickey
Sr. Scientific Asst.
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street 10024 New York NY United States +01 212-313-7783
Metadata author
David Dickey
Sr. Scientific Asst.
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street 10024 New York NY United States +01 212-313-7783
Originator
David Dickey
Sr. Scientific Asst.
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street 10024 New York NY United States +01 212-313-7783

doi:10.15468/jfkgyh

Published by

American Museum of Natural History

Publication Date

Feb 19, 2015

Registration Date

Sep 9, 2009

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Geographic Coverage

The scope of the Herpetology collection is global. Aside from the United States, areas especially well represented include Mexico, Panama, much of South America, Africa, Madagascar, Pakistan, China, New Guinea, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

Other Contacts

Content provider
David Kizirian
Curatorial Associate
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street 10024 New York NY United States +01 212-769-5857
Content provider
Christopher Raxworthy
Associate Dean and Curator-in-Charge
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West @ 79th Street 10024 New York New York United States 212-769-5802
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Programmer
David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
Programmer
Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer

Taxonomic Coverage

The collection covers a very broad taxonomic range. All living orders and families of the Amphibia and Reptilia are represented, as are about 80% of the genera. The collection contains over 6,900 species representing roughly 58% of the world's described herpetofauna. On average, 76 species names per year (range 20-171) have been added to the Herpetology files over the past 40 years, with approximately 2,970 species or 25% of the world's estimated 12,000 amphibians and reptiles having been added in a little over a quarter century.

CLASS
Reptilia (reptiles), Amphibia (amphibians)