NCSM Herpetology Collection

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The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Amphibians and Reptiles Unit contains approximately 262,000 specimens (81,350+ lots), and is one of the largest and most complete regional collections in the United States. Founded in the late 1800s, the collection consists of approximately 80% North Carolina material, although 47 states, 57 countries, and more than 640 species are represented. Other states with substantial representation include California, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Other countries with substantial representation include Laos, Vietnam, and Gabon, and the international focus of the collection is expanding. Important recent acquisitions include large collections from Duke and Virginia Commonwealth Universities, the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences, and the personal collection of the late E. E. Brown of Davidson College. The collection houses fluid-preserved specimens, skeletons, skins, tissues for molecular analyses, and other materials. Photographic vouchers, field notes, other museums’ records of North Carolina holdings, and specimen data sheets are also maintained as part of the materials documenting these resources.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Stuart B, Beane J, Norton B (2014): NCSM Herpetology Collection. North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences. Dataset/Occurrence.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: d5fafa95-7de2-48c0-bf10-3480bcca4a2b.  North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF-US.


Specimen; Occurrence; Occurrence


Ben Norton
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Head of Technology
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
27601 Raleigh
Bryan Stuart
  • Curator
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Herpetology
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
27601 Raleigh

Geographic Coverage

Coverage spans at least 50 countries across the globe

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

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia, Reptilia
Order Amphisbaenia, Anura, Caudata, Crocodylia, Gymnophiona, Squamata, Testudines

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1895-03-30 / 2021-11-16

Collection Data

Collection Name Herpetology Collection of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Collection Identifier NCSM-Herp
Parent Collection Identifier Not applicable

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers d5fafa95-7de2-48c0-bf10-3480bcca4a2b