MVZ Herp Collection (Arctos)
The MVZ collection of amphibians and reptiles contains over 270,000 catalogued specimens. As of 8 April 2004, 123 of these have been designated holotypes, three are neotypes, three are syntypes, and 1793 are paratypes and paratopotypes. Most specimens are fluid-preserved, but the collection also contains skeletal preparations, sets of amphibian eggs and larvae, and several thousand specimens that have been cleared and stained. Other special collections include pineal organs, 800 sectioned heads, a series of dried anuran skins from California and Argentina, and stomach contents that have been removed from more than 3,000 predatory reptiles.
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Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), University of California, Berkeley
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The MVZ herp collection is global, with especially strong holdings from western North America and important series from Latin America and Asia.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]|
The MVZ herp collection is taxonomically synoptic and contains representatives of every Amphibian and Reptile Order. Among Amphibians, over 87% of families and 53% of genera are represented. Among Reptiles, over 90% of families and 65% of genera are represented.
|Living Time Period||1861 to present|