Institutional Collection: Herpetology - Amphibian Specimens

Collection Information

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Collection Description: 

The amphibian collection contains over 23,000 specimens, with the oldest specimen present dating back to 1904. Roughly 60 percent of the herpetology collection is made up of Oklahoma specimens, making it the largest repository of Oklahoma amphibians and reptiles found anywhere. Additionally, the collection’s geographic diversity covers 45 states and 52 countries. We house large holdings of foreign specimens for Latin American countries like Brazil and Nicaragua, plus rare collections from Egypt and the Galapagos. The collection includes a handful of species new to science, which offer priceless opportunities for researchers and educators. In addition to physical specimens, we preserve specimen records and field notebooks from collectors spanning roughly 60 years.


Collection Content Type: 
Biological: Preserved organisms, their parts & products
Preservation Type: 
Sample Treatment: Fluid preserved
Sample Treatment: Skeletonized
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Collection's Mailing Address

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University of Oklahoma
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2401 Chautauqua Ave.
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  • Created: 23 January 2017 - 5:41pm EST
  • Updated: 24 January 2017 - 12:09pm EST