UTA Reptiles

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University of Texas at Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center: During the 1980s the herpetological collection witnessed an explosive session of growth. Prior to the 1980s the collection contained approximately 8,000 herpetological specimens. By the end of the decade more than 30,000 specimens were housed in the collection. During the 1990s the size of the collection increased at an almost exponential rate. During this time, the collection grew to contain more than 80,000 specimens. This combined with efforts from faculty and students helped to establish national and international recognition for the collection. Since the turn of the century the herpetology collection at the University of Texas at Arlington has experienced more growth and the collection now houses over 200,000 specimens and is among the top 10 herpetological collections in the United States. In 2004 the entire herpetological collection was moved from the basement of the Life Sciences building to the newly constructed Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center. Asides from housing a major herpetological collection, the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington has hosted and facilitated the academic pursuits of a diverse student body. This has also provided inherent benefits to the museum collection as well. The collection currently holds the worlds largest assemblage of reptiles and amphibians from Guatemala as well as significant holdings from Texas, Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Honduras, and Mexico. Along with hundreds of thousands of fluid preserved specimens, the collection maintains hundreds of type specimen, including over 130 primary types, a sizable osteological collection, cleared and stained specimens, audio recordings of frog calls, one of the largest collections of herpetological photographs in the United States, as well as a comprehensive herpetological library. These resources can be made available for use by qualified individuals. For questions regarding the use of the collection resources please call 817-272-3615.

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Gregory Pandelis
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
  • Principal Investigator
Biological Curator and Collections Manager
University of Texas at Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center
901 S. Davis Dr.
76013 Arlington
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley
Matthew Fujita
  • Principal Investigator
University of Texas at Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center
Box 19850
76010 Arlington
Eric Smith
  • Principal Investigator
University of Texas at Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center
76010 Arlington

Geographic Coverage

Emphasis in: Latin America: Guatemala and Mexico Texas Regional Collections West Africa Indonesia

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

Taxonomic Coverage


Class Reptilia

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1956 to Present

Additional Metadata


Alternative Identifiers 8d88898d-a2c4-4616-a1fe-431b9c06b671