UTA Herpetology (UTA-A UTA-R)

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UTA Herpetology (UTA-A UTA-R)

Description

University of Texas at Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center: During the 1980s the herpetological collection witnessed an explosive session of growth. Prior to the 1980s the collection contained approximately 8,000 herpetological specimens. By the end of the decade more than 30,000 specimens were housed in the collection. During the 1990s the size of the collection increased at an almost exponential rate. During this time, the collection grew to contain more than 80,000 specimens. This combined with efforts from faculty and students helped to establish national and international recognition for the collection. Since the turn of the century the herpetology collection at the University of Texas at Arlington has experienced more growth and the collection now houses some 115,000 specimens and is among the top herpetological collections in the United States. In 2004 the entire herpetological collection was moved from the basement of the Life Sciences building to the newly constructed Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center. Asides from housing a major herpetological collection, the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington has hosted and facilitated the academic pursuits of a diverse student body. This has also provided inherent benefits to the museum collection as well. The collection currently holds the worlds largest assemblage of reptiles and amphibians from Guatemala as well as significant holdings from Texas, Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Honduras, and Mexico. Along with several thousand fluid preserved specimens, the collection maintains several type specimens, a sizeable osteological collection, cleared and stained specimens, audio recordings of frog calls, one of the largest collections of herpetological photographs in the United States, as well as a comprehensive herpetological library. These resources can be made available for use by qualified individuals. For questions regarding the use of the collection resources please call 817-272-2406.

Additional Information

Specific locality and coordinate information is not available online. Data associated with collections from Guatemala are not available online. Contact Curator and Collection Manager Carl Franklin for more information.

Temporal coverages

Living time period: 1956 to Present

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Administrative contact
Carl Franklin
Biological Curator and Collections Manager
University of Texas at Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center 501 S. Nedderman 337 Life Sciences 76010 Arlington Texas United States 817-272-2406
Metadata author
Carol Spencer
Staff Curator
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building 94720 Berkeley California United States 510-643-5778
Originator
Carol Spencer
Staff Curator
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building 94720 Berkeley California United States 510-643-5778

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University of Texas-Arlington

Publication Date

Apr 11, 2012

Registration Date

Apr 27, 2012

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Taxonomic Coverage

Amphibians and Reptiles

CLASS
Amphibia, Reptilia

Geographic Coverage

Latin America: Guatemala and Mexico Texas Regional Collections West Africa Indonesia

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John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley
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David Bloom
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Laura Russell
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