UCM Amphibians and Reptiles

Occurrence dataset published by University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

  • 66,825

    Occurrences
View occurrences

Summary

Full Title

UCM Amphibians and Reptiles

Description

Vertebrate Zoology in the CU Museum of Natural History is a biodiversity repository of more than 120,000 specimens from five taxa: Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles (Herpetology), Birds, Mammals, and Osteology. With the exception of birds, our collections are the largest collections of their kind in Colorado. Specimens from Colorado and the surrounding plains, plateaus, and basins are the strength of our collection. Since our specimens document changes in biodiversity over the last 200 years, they are treasures of biological and historical significance.

The world-renowned herpetologists, Hobart M. Smith, and T. Paul Maslin, as well as a number of their students and collaborators, were the major architects of our largest vertebrate collection. R. Earl Olson's contribution of 3,800+ specimens recently expanded our taxonomic and geographic coverage.

Language of Data

 

Administrative contact
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016
Metadata author
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016
Originator
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016

Published by

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Publication Date

Feb 5, 2014

Registration Date

Apr 9, 2008

Hosted by

VertNet

Served by

IPT - Hosted by VertNet

Links

Alternative Identifiers

External Data

Metadata Documents

Taxonomic Coverage

More than 66,000 specimens. The whiptail lizards (genus Aspidoscelis) are particularly well represented. 342+ type specimens (16 holotypes & 326+ paratypes).

CLASS
Amphibia (amphibians), Reptilia (reptiles)

32,173 Georeferenced data

View records

All records | In viewable area

Description

The herpetology collection spans 77 countries, although its geographic strength is Mexico (more than 22,000) and the southwestern USA. There is new materia… more

About

What does this map show?

Geographic Coverage

The herpetology collection spans 77 countries, although its geographic strength is Mexico (more than 22,000) and the southwestern USA. There is new material from Minnesota and Haiti. Our Mexican reptile specimens have been most actively studied and cited in systematic herpetology publications over recent decades. Most recently, Julio A. Lemos-Espinal contributed 2,600 specimens from the northern Mexican states of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Coahuila.

Project

show all

Associated parties

Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Programmer
David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
VertNet
Programmer
Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
VertNet