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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$
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Javier Rodriguez-Robles

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238183

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238183.001.0001

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

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

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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
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Javier A. Rodríguez-Robles

David A. Good

David B. Wake

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238183.003.0002

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

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