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University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute Herpetology Collection (KU-KUH)

KU herpetology houses one of largest herpetology collections in the world (340,000 specimens representing more than 5000 species from 156 countries). The KU collections include the world’s largest collection of neotropical amphibian and reptile specimens (200,000+) as well as substantial numbers of Nearctic (80,000+) and Asian (20,000+) specimens. KU holdings are particularly strong for the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Costa, Rica, Haiti, the Philippines, Peru and Panama. The collection from Kansas is the state’s largest (20,000+). The type collection includes nearly 400 primary types, mostly amphibians. KU Herpetology also maintains 5000 cleared-and-stained osteological preparations, nearly 5000 dried skeletons, and one of the world’s largest collections of amphibian larvae (6000+ lots). The KU digital archive includes more than 12,000 digital images and more than 1500 acoustic recordings.
Contacts: Rafe Brown,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 23 February 2021
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
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Collection Statistics
  • 12,652 specimen records
  • 4 (0.03%) georeferenced
  • 12,230 (97%) identified to species
  • 38 families
  • 141 genera
  • 354 species
  • 354 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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