AMNH Herpetology Collections

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The AMNH collection of amphibians and reptiles ranks among the world's five largest herpetological collections. The separately catalogued collections of amphibians and reptiles total more than 335,000 specimens, of which more than 13,000 have more than one type of preparation. The holdings of the Herpetology collection are computerized; however, inventorying the collection and proofing the database are ongoing processes. The Herpetology collection may be thought of as an ever-growing library of the world's amphibian and reptile faunas. It is an irreplaceable international resource that deserves the best of care.

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Geographic Coverage

The scope of the Herpetology collection is global. Aside from the United States, areas especially well represented include Mexico, Panama, much of South America, Africa, Madagascar, Pakistan, China, New Guinea, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

The collection covers a very broad taxonomic range. All living orders and families of the Amphibia and Reptilia are represented, as are about 80% of the genera. The collection contains over 6,900 species representing roughly 58% of the world's described herpetofauna. On average, 76 species names per year (range 20-171) have been added to the Herpetology files over the past 40 years, with approximately 2,970 species or 25% of the world's estimated 12,000 amphibians and reptiles having been added in a little over a quarter century.

Class Reptilia (reptiles), Amphibia (amphibians)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1815-01-01 / 2014-04-16

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Alternative Identifiers 71d0dff0-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a