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Type Specimens of Recent Amphibians and Nonavian Reptiles in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Javier A. Rodríguez-Robles, David A. Good and David B. Wake

in Brief History of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, with a List of Type Specimens of Recent Amphibians and Reptiles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520238183
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930001 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238183.003.0002
Type Specimens of Recent Amphibians and Nonavian Reptiles in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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The herpetological gathering of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology was begun on March 13, 1909, with a collection of approximately 430 specimens from southern California and contained 232,254 specimens as of December 31, 2001. The collection is strongest in salamanders, accounting for 99,176 specimens, followed by “lizards” (squamate reptiles other than snakes and amphisbaenians, 63,439), frogs (40,563), snakes (27,937), turtles (2,643), caecilians (979), amphisbaenians (451), crocodilians (63), and tuataras (63). Every institution in which name-bearing specimens are deposited should publish a catalog of the type specimens in its care (Recommendation 72F.4, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, 1999). Accounts are arranged alphabetically in the list of species by clade (Anura, Caudata, Gymnophia, Squamata, Serpentes, Testudines), family, and species in that order. All types of localities, the geographic place of capture of holotypes, neotypes, syntypes, and paratopotypes, are given in quotation marks as they appear in the original description.

Keywords: specimens; reptiles; amphisbaenians; Serpentes; holotypes

Chapter.  13821 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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