Institutional Collection: Amphibian and reptile specimens

Collection Information

CollectionCode: 
Herp
Status of Collection: 
Active
Accession Status: 
Institutional
Collection Description: 

The MVZ collection of amphibians and reptiles contains over 270,000 catalogued specimens. As of 8 April 2004, 123 of these have been designated holotypes, three are neotypes, three are syntypes, and 1793 are paratypes and paratopotypes. Most specimens are fluid-preserved, but the collection also contains skeletal preparations, sets of amphibian eggs and larvae, and several thousand specimens that have been cleared and stained. Other special collections include pineal organs, 800 sectioned heads, a series of dried anuran skins from California and Argentina, and stomach contents that have been removed from more than 3,000 predatory reptiles.

Collection Content Type: 
Biological: Preserved organisms, their parts & products
Biological: Cells, tissue (non-human)
Preservation Type: 
Sample Treatment: Cryopreserved
Sample Treatment: Dried
Sample Treatment: Fluid preserved
Sample Treatment: Skeletonized
Sample Treatment: Slide mount
Access Eligibility and Rules: 
The MVZ herp (amphibian and reptile) collection is open to visitors by advance appointment, and specimens are sent on loan upon request. Access and loan information is available on the MVZ website: http://mvz.berkeley.edu/Access_Loans.html
LSID: 
urn:lsid:biocol.org:col:34777
Cool URI: 
http://grbio.org/cool/3vgh-rp87

Collection's Mailing Address

Mailing Address 1: 
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Mailing Address 2: 
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Mailing Address 3: 
University of California
City/Town: 
Berkeley
State/Province: 
CA
Postal/Zip Code: 
94720-3160
Country: 
USA

Collection Contact Information

Primary Contact: 
  • Created: 24 April 2013 - 12:28pm EDT
  • Updated: 16 July 2015 - 11:13am EDT
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