Cowan Tetrapod Collection - Herpetology

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The Cowan Tetrapod Collection herpetology holdings of 206 species is principally a North American synoptic collection. 84% of the living species known to occur in British Columbia are represented. The collection was founded by Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan. The herpetology collection is housed at the University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum, which contains approximately 2 million natural history specimens.

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Cowan Tetrapod Collection at the University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum (UBCBBM)


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Ildiko Szabo
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Assistant Curator
University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum
2212 Main Mall
V6T 1Z4 Vancouver
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

Global in scope but principally a North American Synoptic collection with a Western Canada emphasis.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

36 out of 43 British Columbia species.

Class Reptilia (Reptiles), Amphibia (Amphibians)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1931-01-01 / 2013-01-01

Collection Data

Collection Name Cowan Tetrapod Collection - Herpetology
Collection Identifier UBCBBM
Parent Collection Identifier University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers df9c8b86-9d36-4e29-91b3-4274dff053e5