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LSUMZ Herps Collection

Latest version published by Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science on Jan 19, 2017 Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science

The collection of reptiles and amphibians is comprised of more than 140,000 specimens. The collection is extremely rich in snake species, with 359 genera and 954 species represented. The remaining herp groups are represented as follows: lizards (165 genera, 776 species), tuataras (1 genus, 1 species), turtles (54 genera, 104 species), crocodilians (8 genera, 15 species), frogs (143 genera, 682 species), salamanders (38 genera, 151 species), and caecilians (12 genera, 19 species). The collection contains 52 holotypes (specimens representing species new to science), which is a disproportionately large number for a collection of this size. The herpetology collection is worldwide in scope. The snake skeletal collection is among the largest and most diverse in the world. The collection of amphibians and reptiles from the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí is the largest in the world, and the collections from Honduras and Peru are among the top five in the world. Approximately 55-60 percent of the currently recognized genera of snakes are represented in the collection.

Data Records

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LSUMZ Herps Collection

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 84786a2e-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a.  Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Seth Parker
Herpetology Collections Manager
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science 119 Foster Hall 70803 Baton Rouge Louisiana US 225-578-3669
http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/mns/research-collections/herpetology/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Seth Parker
Herpetology Collections Manager
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science 119 Foster Hall 70803 Baton Rouge Louisiana US 225-578-3669
http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/mns/research-collections/herpetology/

Who filled in the metadata:

Seth Parker
Herpetology Collections Manager
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science 119 Foster Hall 70803 Baton Rouge Louisiana US 225-578-3669
http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/mns/research-collections/herpetology/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Curator
Chris Austin
Curator
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science 119 Foster Hall 70803 Baton Rouge Louisiana US 225-578-2841
http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/mns/research-collections/herpetology/
Programmer
David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
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Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
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John Wieczorek
Information Architect
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Geographic Coverage

Global with excellent collections from the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí and other collections from Honduras and Peru.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  amphibia,  reptilia

Additional Metadata

http://vertnet.org/resources/norms.html

Alternative Identifiers 84786a2e-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a
http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/resource?r=lsumz-herps