UMNH Reptiles and Amphibians Collection (Arctos)

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The herpetology collection includes more than 20,000 specimens of reptiles and amphibians from Western North America, MesoAmerica, and Australia. Collection includes important early material from the Intermountain West, from research directed primarily by Angus Woodbury. Collection also includes turtles representing the research of John Legler.

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Eric Rickart
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
84108 Salt Lake City
+1 (801) 585-7759
Katrina Derieg
  • Metadata Provider
Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
84108 Salt Lake City
+1 (801) 585-7759
David Bloom
  • Programmer
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Dusty McDonald
  • Point Of Contact
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum

Geographic Coverage

Approximately half of the collection is from the Intermountain West, including early records of historical importance assembled by Angus Woodbury and his students. Later work by John Legler and students led to the development of major holdings from Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Australia, and one of the largest collections of turtle specimens in North America.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

The collection includes 11 type specimens (4 holotypes and 7 paratypes) of reptiles.

Class Amphibia, Reptilia

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1900-01-01 / 2000-01-01

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 3ca53690-d42a-4b49-9f7d-e247d8eee7a5