SDNHM Herpetology Collection

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The San Diego Natural History Museum Department of Herpetology focuses on the study of amphibians and reptiles. Resources are available to scientists to help better understand amphibian and reptile biology and conserve species when their existence is threatened. The great diversity of amphibian and reptile species is preserved for scientific research in the form of alcohol-preserved and skeletal specimens. The herpetology collection holds over 76,000 catalogued specimens (73,300 fluid-preserved specimens and 3,100 skeletons with 212 primary and 500 secondary types) dating back to the 1890s. The collection has been built over the past century and is actively being added to today. All cataloged specimens are computer databased which allows for any combination of taxonomic and geographic records to be searched.

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San Diego Natural History Museum Herpetology Collection


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Occurrence; Specimen


Bradford Hollingsworth
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Herpetology
San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
92101 San Diego
+01 619-255-0277
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Ray Garcia
  • Programmer
Web Applications Programmer
San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
92101 San Diego
+01 619-255-0175

Geographic Coverage

Over 57% of the collection comes from California and Baja California, making it one of the largest resources for this area. The collection is well represented with specimens from throughout the southwest United States, northwest Mexico, and islands worldwide.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

Of particular importance is the Laurence M. Klauber collection containing over 43,000 specimens he personally cataloged. This includes his rattlesnake collection, containing over 8,600 specimens, and representing nearly every known species.

Class Amphibia (amphibians), Reptilia (reptiles)

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 84b4d6e4-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a