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UTA Herpetology

Latest version published by University of Texas-Arlington on Dec 22, 2016 University of Texas-Arlington

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.

Data Records

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How to cite

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University of Texas at Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is University of Texas-Arlington. 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: 8d88898d-a2c4-4616-a1fe-431b9c06b671.  University of Texas-Arlington 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:

Carol Spencer
Staff Curator
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building 94720 Berkeley California US 510-643-5778
http://mvz.berkeley.edu/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

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 US 817-272-2406
http://www.uta.edu/biology/herpetology/

Who filled in the metadata:

Carol Spencer
Staff Curator
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building 94720 Berkeley California US 510-643-5778
http://mvz.berkeley.edu/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Principal Investigator
Jonathan Campbell
Chairman, Department of Biology, Curator, and Professor
University of Texas at Arlington 501 S. Nedderman Drive 337 Life Science 76010-0498 Arlington Texas US 817-272-2871
http://www.uta.edu/biology/campbell/
Programmer
Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
Programmer
David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

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

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

Taxonomic Coverage

Amphibians and Reptiles

Class  Amphibia,  Reptilia

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1956 to Present

Additional Metadata

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

Alternative Identifiers 8d88898d-a2c4-4616-a1fe-431b9c06b671
http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/resource?r=uta_herps